Matthew J. Shuman currently serves as the Strategic Congressional Initiatives Manager for Philips North America, a company dedicated to positively impacting the lives of 3 billion people by 2030. A large focus of this initiative is through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DOD), particularly as they are Philips’ largest global customer.
Prior to joining Philips in April 2019, Mr. Shuman served as the Director of the National Legislative Division for The American Legion, serving in that position from January of 2017 until he joined Philips. Matthew proudly served veterans with The American Legion beginning in 2015, starting as an Assistant Legislative Director with the Veterans Employment & Education portfolio in Washington, D.C. The National Legislative Director serves as the chief lobbyist for the 2-million-member organization, interfaces with federal agencies, the White House, and the media to share what The American Legion is doing in Congress in the name of the 22 million American veterans.
Mr. Shuman honorably served in the United States Army from 2008 to 2012, most notably as a Military Police Officer, concluding his military career serving in the Arizona Army National Guard Honor Guard, providing military funeral honors for this nation’s fallen soldiers.
Following his military service, Matthew first attended college at Grand Canyon University (GCU) and R.O.T.C. at Arizona State University (ASU) before graduating from Marymount University in Arlington, VA, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. While working towards his degree, he worked on Capitol Hill for two members of Congress, with an intermittent break for the 2012 election cycle.
During his time with The American Legion, Matthew’s leadership was pivotal for legislative reform for health care and benefits for our Nation’s heroes. Matthew was essential in the creation and passage of vital pieces of legislation including:
• VA Appeals Modernization Act
• VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act
• The Forever G.I. Bill
• Extension of CHOICE funding,
• The American Legion Centennial Commemorative Coin
• The VA MISSION ACT, and
• The LEGION Act
All bills improve the quality of life for service members, veterans, and their families.
Matthew is an Arizona native, and a member of American Legion Post # 44 in Scottsdale, AZ. In his spare time, Matthew also serves as the Legislative Consultant for The American Legion’s National Legislative Commission. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for The Independence Fund, and a Member of the Board for The Honor Flight Network. Matthew lives between Scottsdale, Arizona and Alexandria, Virginia, with his husband, also named Matthew.