Matt Gaetz

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Matt Gaetz
Matt Gaetz 117th Congress portrait.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded byJeff Miller
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 4th district
In office
April 13, 2010 – November 22, 2016
Preceded byRay Sansom
Succeeded byMel Ponder
Personal details
Born
Matthew Louis Gaetz II

(1982-05-07) May 7, 1982 (age 39)
Hollywood, Florida, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
ParentsDon Gaetz
Victoria Quertermous
EducationFlorida State University (BS)
College of William and Mary (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Matthew Louis Gaetz II[1] (/ɡts/; born May 7, 1982) is an American lawyer and politician. He is the U.S. representative for Florida's 1st congressional district since 2017. He is a member of the Republican Party. He is known as a strict Trump supporter.[2]

In March 2021, Gaetz was being investigated for having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl in 2019, and that investigators were examining whether he had violated federal sex trafficking laws by allegedly paying her to travel with him.[3][4]

On March 30, 2021, Axios reported that Gaetz was "seriously considering not seeking re-election and possibly leaving Congress early for a job at Newsmax".[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Full Name: Matthew Louis Gaetz II". Voterrecords.com. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  2. "Trump's Best Buddy in Congress Wants Sessions to Fire Mueller". Politico. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  3. Schmidt, Michael S.; Benner, Katie; Fandos, Nicholas (2021-03-30). "Matt Gaetz Is Said to Face Justice Dept. Inquiry Over Sex With an Underage Girl". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-03-31.
  4. Swan, Jonathan (March 30, 2021). "Matt Gaetz says he's under federal investigation for sexual misconduct". Axios. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  5. Treene, Alayna. "Rep. Matt Gaetz eyes early retirement from Congress to take job at Newsmax". Axios. Retrieved 2021-03-30.