Candidate Profile
John Matson Jr.

Republican , Pennsylvania


Panel Rating

Leans Conservative Information icon

Selected Contributions


Glenn Thompson (2010), Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2015)







Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim, unless the candidate requests a typo change or we remove inappropriate language.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.


I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.


Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

(Did not answer)


It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.


Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

Inefficient and wasteful spending. From the approximately $35 billion dollar state budget, I'm sure that there is 5% ($1.75 billion) that can be utilized more efficiently.

Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.


Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.


I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.


What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

We are free to practice any (lawful) religion of my choosing


It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.


How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

(Did not answer)

National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.



I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.


State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Agree

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

(Did not answer)


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.



Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.


I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.


Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in Jesus Christ as my lord and savior. I believe in the teachings of Jesus and try to follow his word


When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?


Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

(Did not answer)

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

I ran a $40 million dollar per year Lumber Manufacturing company, so I understand, management, sales, purchasing, customer service, balance sheets, and complex manufacturing. I am also a County Commissioner. I understand how state and local government works. I understand the problems that face my region. I know where to ask when I need help.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.


Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

Everyone in the 66th district has a story. Everyone is important and can help with a solution if given the opportunity. We all have dreams. I want to build relationships and networks to so that these dreams and opportunities can be turned into reality. We all choose to live where we live. We can either make our communities better, or let them get worse. It is worth the effort to make them better.

Judicial Philosophy

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

Strongly Disagree

Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

No Answer

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.


I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.


The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

1) Rural Broadband Access for everyone in the commonwealth 2) Rural economic initiatives 3) Rural Education initiatives

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

(Did not answer)


  • Brookville Area High School, Brookville, PA, Diploma, 1990
  • Main Central Institute, Pittsfield, ME, Diploma, 1991
  • Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, B.A., 1995
Work & Military
  • HJ Heinz, Heinz Sales Rep, 1996-1999
  • Matson Lumber, Executive Vice President, 1999-2011
  • Taylor Lumber, Executive Vice President, 2011-2012
  • eLimbs, VP of Sales, 2012-2014
  • Presbyterian Church Brookville, PA, Member 1971-present
  • Brookville YMCA Swim Team, Coach, Volunteer 2012-present
  • Brookville Area Little League, Coach 2013-2019
  • BAHS Varsity Golf, Assistant Coach 2016-present
  • Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging, board member 2015-present
  • Community Action, board member 2015-present
  • CCAP Human Services Board, Board member 2015-present
  • North Central PA Regional Planning and Development, Governance Chair
  • County Commissioner Chair, Held 2015-present

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