Tribute to Matthew Harrisby Former Representative Tom Latham
Posted on 2013-03-05
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Mr. LATHAM. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate and recognize
Matthew Harris for being named a 2013 Forty Under 40 honoree by the
award-winning central Iowa publication, Business Record.
Since 2000, Business Record has undertaken an exhaustive annual review to identify a standout group of young leaders in the Greater Des Moines area who are making an impact in their communities and their careers. Each year, forty up-and-coming community and business leaders under 40 years of age are selected for this prestigious distinction, which is based on a combined criteria of community involvement and success in their chosen career field. The 2013 class of Forty Under 40 honorees join an impressive roster of 560 business leaders and growing.
Matthew Harris is an Iowa native and alumnus of the University of Northern Iowa. In March of 2011, Matthew was appointed Administrator of the Iowa Arts Council, a division [[Page E242]] of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Professionally, Harris is charged with leading the state arts agency's staff, grant-making initiatives and programming while helping advance the agency's mission of enriching the quality of life in Iowa through support of the arts. Outside of work, Matthew is heavily involved with the Character Counts in Iowa program and the Les Hale Endowment Fund. In both facets of his life, Matt is an example of hard work and service that our state can be proud of.
Mr. Speaker, it is a profound honor to represent leaders like Matthew in the United States Congress and it is with great pride that I recognize and applaud Mr. Harris for utilizing his talents to better both his community and the great state of Iowa. I invite my colleagues in the House to join me in congratulating Matthew on receiving this esteemed designation, thanking those at Business Record for their great work, and wishing each member of the 2013 Forty Under 40 class continued success.