Matthew J. "Matt" Meadows

District: 94 -- Democrat

Part of Broward

Committee Membership for 2006 - 2008 Term

Biographical Information

City of Residence:  Fort Lauderdale
Occupation:  Retired Educator
Spouse:  Charley Mae Harris of Macon, Georgia
Child(ren):  Matthew, Felicia, Debbie, Tommy, Priscilla, LaLeata
Education:  Bethune-Cookman College, B.S., 1961; University of Massachusetts, Nova University, University of New Hampshire, Harvard University, Graduate Studies; Logos International/Evangelic Center for Religious Studies, Honorary Doctor of Divinity 1994
Born:  September 5, 1938, Fort Pierce, FL
Religious Affiliation:  Baptist
Recreational Interest:  bowling, camping, fishing

Legislative Service

Senate 1992-1998
Elected to the House in 2000, reelected subsequently

Other Public Services

Alzheimer's Association of Broward County, Board of Directors 1996-present
Area Agency on Aging of Broward County, President, Board of Directors, Member 1990-present
Broward League of Cities, Board of Directors
Columbia University Hospital and Medical Center, Board of Trustees 1993-present
Florida Coastal School of Law, Board of Advisors 1997-present
Florida Commission on Minority Economic and Business Development
Florida Commission on African-American Affairs
Florida Commission on Minority Health
Florida Department of Education, Florida Right to Read Sessions, Consultant
Florida Gold Coast Clean Cities Coalition
Florida Mail Ballot Election Commission
Governor's Building Codes Study Commission
Southern States Energy Board, Vice Chair
Southern States Legislative Intergovernmental Affairs Committee
Lauderhill City Commission 1986-1992, last term as Chair
Lauderhill Planning and Zoning Board, past Chair
City of Lauderhill, Council President 1988-1989, 1990-1991
Florida League of Cities Board
Florida League of Cities, Environmental Quality Committee, past Chair


City College, Executive Committee 1995-1996
Martin Luther King Coordinating Committee, Guest Speaker for MLK Awards Breakfast 1995
First Baptist Church of Pompano Beach, National Day of Prayer 1994
City of Lauderhill, Mayor, City Council, and Citizens - participation in development and presentation of the City's 1st Annual Who's Who in Black History 1986


A.I.F. Champion For Business Award 2006
F.O.P. and Law Enforcement Appreciation Award 2006
Dr. Nan S. Hutchinson Broward Senior Hall of Fame Inductee 2005
Keiser College Commencement Speaker Award 2005
Bethune Cookman Magnificent Alumnus Award 2005
F.M.C.C. Manufacturers' Award 2005
Pace Leadership Award 2003
Council On Aging, President's Award 2002
Florida Young Democrats Certificate 2002
American Cancer Society, Legislative Award 2001
Black Affairs Advisory Council, Man of the Year Award 2001
Proclamation, Broward County Legislative Delegation Appreciation Day 2001
The Community Health Education Alliance, Inc., Certificate of Appreciation 2001
Bethune-Cookman College Alumni Chapter of Fort Pierce Outstanding Community Service Award 2000
The Conference of Black State Legislators Appreciation for Leadership 2000
Florida Association of Homes for the Aging, Recognition of Support and Commitment 1998
Boca-Delray-Boynton Democratic Women's Club, Participant at the P.O.C. Democratic Legislative Delegation 1997
Broward City Trial Lawyers Association, Appreciation for Dedication to Protecting the Rights of the People 1997
Broward County Public Schools, Super Special Session and More Awards 1997
Columbia University Hospital and Medical Center Board of Trustees, Outstanding Service 1993-1997
Dillard Community School, Outstanding Service and Dedication 1996-1997
Dolphin Democratic Club, Jesse Portis Helm Award, Service to South Florida's Gay and Lesbian Community 1997
Florida Association of School Social Workers, Legislator of the Year 1997
South Florida Day Treatment Center, Certificate of Appreciation 1997
Church of God of West Broward, Outstanding Public Service and Leadership 1996
Florida League of Cities 70th Award Convention, Defender of Home Rule Award, Visionary Leadership in Florida Legislation 1996
West Palm Beach National Housing Development Corporation, Certificate of Appreciation 1996
Boys & Girls Club, Special Award 1995
Broward County Cooperative Extension Service, Help Me Learn, Help Me Grow Child Health Fair 1995
Broward Legislative Delegation, Appreciation of Leadership and Service 1994-1995
City of Cooper and Broward County, Honorary Citizen 1995
Club Entre Nous, Sincere Appreciation 1995
Florida AHEC Network, Special Tribute to the Broward County Legislative Delegation 1995
Florida Literacy Coalition, Exceptional Contributions to Literacy 1995
Florida Restaurant Association, Outstanding Leadership and Legislation Achievements 1995
Fraternal Order of Police, Florida State Lodge, Distinguished Legislator Award 1995
Gold Coast Builders Association, Recognition of Dedicated Service to the Community 1995
Lauderhill Middle Community School, Outstanding Service to Middle School 1995
South Florida Regional Planning Council and the Florida Gold Coast Clean Cities Coalition, Recognition of Leadership and Commitment 1995
U.A.C.T. Communication Group, Woras Enterprises Inc., Certificate of Sponsorship 1995
EFNEP Advisory Board, Appreciation, Co-sponsor of the Help Me Learn, Help Me Grow Child Health Fair 1994
Florida Association of School Administrators, Raymond B. Stewart Gavel of Authority Award for Outstanding Legislative Contribution to Promote Better Education for Children 1994
Florida Chamber of Commerce, Recognition and Support 1994
Northwest Neighborhood Centennial Reunion, Recognition of Valued and Outstanding Service 1994
State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Council, Gratitude and Support of the Program 1994
Trustee Board of Grand Chapter A.M.E. Church Lake Worth, Dedicated Service-Reflects Christian Attitude and Demeanor 1994
United Democratic Club, Outstanding Dedicated Service and Loyalty to Principle 1994
Broward Community College, Competitive-Edge, Outstanding Contribution to Program 1992-1993
Kaleidoscope, the Flexible Alternative for High School Graduation, Generous Contribution in the Educational Process 1993
Area Agency on Aging Advocacy Award, Contribution of Time, Talent, and Love 1991
Broward League of Cities Board of Directors, Appreciation and Congratulation 1991
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Pompano Beach Alumni Chapter, Appreciation Award-Keynote Speaker 1991
Lauderhill Church of Seventh Day Adventist, Representative and Progressive Efforts in Community 1991
Greater Lauderhill Jaycees, Good Government Award 1989-1990
NAACP Fort Lauderdale Branch, Councilman Appreciation for the Service Rendered Beyond the Call of Duty 1990
School Board of Broward County, Man of the Year Award 1990
Broward County Land Use Plan, Outstanding Contribution to the Broward County Land Use Plan 1989
City of Lauderhill, Mayor, City Council, and Citizens Volunteer Appreciation 1989
Jackie Gleason Park, Councilman-Dedication of Park 1989
Fort Lauderdale Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Outstanding and Dedicated Service 1988-1989, Fundraising Group Awards 1988-1989, Outstanding Contribution and Service 1987-1988
Zeta Chi Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Good Citizen Award 1989
Annual Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 23 Rally to the Flag Benefit Show, Support and Contribution 1988
Dillard Community School, Friend of the Community School 1986-1987
Hallandale Adult Community Center, School Board of Broward County, Certificate of Appreciation 1987
Lauderhill Middle School Career Day, Appreciation of Service 1987
Cooperative Business Education, Certificate of Appreciation 1986
School Board of Broward County, Adult Basic Education Program, Congratulations for Recognition 1985-1986
Cooperative Business Education, Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education 1985
Cooperative Business Education, Certificate of Appreciation On-the-Job Learning 1984
City of Lauderhill, Recognition by Planning and Zoning Board 1982
ABE, Boundless Energy and Creativity in Meeting Students' Needs 1981
Unending Service to the Human Community 1980
Fort Lauderdale NAACP, Outstanding Service throughout Broward County 1977
University of West Florida State Department of Education Vocational Education, Staff Training Workshop (Manpower Training), Certificate 1976
Dania Social Service, Summer Youth Employment Service, Certificate of Appreciation 1975
Broward Adult and Community Education, Outstanding Achievement and Participation
Governor's Hurricane Confederation, Outstanding Leadership in Sponsor's Legislation
Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities

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