Hailing from California, Matthew has been very active in politics since the 2004 presidential election. He is the political correspondent (and music critic) for his school’s newspaper, “The Lions Pride” and the DailyKos. He also plays a large role in the political advocacy group, the Junior Statesmen of America (JSA). Last summer, Matthew worked as a legislative assistant in Sacramento for the President Pro Tempore of the California Senate, Senator Steinberg. Currently, Matthew is working with congresspeople to promote more bipartisan legislation, in particular, legislation that benefits the youth. Matthew is a junior in high school and hopes to study Political Science and Statistics in college.