Matthew has been a member of the Groesbeck Community for 33 years. A 1999 Graduate of Groesbeck High School, he is a graduate of Texas State Technical College with a degree in diesel mechanics. He was employed by Groesbeck ISD for 4 years as a diesel mechanic and then given the opportunity to work for XTO Energy as a natural gas compressor and engine mechanic. Matthew has been employed for XTO for 8 years. He is the son of Fred and Kay Dawley, lifelong residents of Groesbeck and an active member of the First Baptist Church of Groesbeck, "I was raised to believe everyone has an opinion and that everyone matters. I want to be that voice for every citizen."