Matt Willhite: State Representative District 86

Service   :   Integrity   :   Leadership

Matt Willhite


Matt Willhite is known as selfless leader who is ready to put his community above self. He served our country for 8 years in the United States Navy as a Corpsman, serving with the 4th ANGLICO of the United States Marine Corps. In1996, Matt joined Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and today has earned the rank of Captain. For Matt though, his service to his community hasn’t stopped there. In 2008, Matt embarked on a new path of service through elected office. As a Councilman and Vice-Mayor of the Village of Wellington, Matt has been a champion for a stronger quality of life for all residents. He is known as an effective leader who is focused on consensus building to deliver results for his community. A graduate of Lake Worth High School and Palm Beach State College, Matt and his wife, Alexis, have two boys, Luke & Mark and live in Wellington.


Protecting the Environment & Water Quality

Florida’s natural environment and unique ecosystem is one of her greatest assets. As the population of Florida and Palm Beach County continues to grow, preserving and protecting our natural environment is a critical issue. Farmland, agricultural land, natural preserves and undeveloped land all encompass our natural assets in Palm Beach County and in Florida, and I will work hard to make sure these assets are protected and considered with every decision we make. From the Everglades to the rivers and bays to the natural springs, our waterways and water table are the foundation of a healthy ecosystem.

Fighting for Our Seniors

All around Florida and particularly here in Palm Beach County, issues that affect senior and retired citizens are immensely important. I will continue to advocate on behalf of our state’s elder population on issues such as public transportation, accessibility, and affordable prescription coverage. I will work for alternative programs that are designed and implemented locally, and protect and increase long-term care options.

Investing in Transportation & Infrastructure

Population booms are a sign of a healthy and vibrant community, but with the boom comes the need to create and maintain reliable transportation and infrastructure with minimal impact is essential. By ensuring a long term, stable and safe transportation infrastructure, we are ensuring that generations to come will benefit from the work we put in today.

Focusing on Public Safety

There is no question that staying focused on public safety is a priority of mine. I will work to ensure that proper resources are deployed to Palm Beach County that arms our law enforcement and prosecutors with the tools they need to fight and prosecute crimes against our residents. I will also fight for our nurses, doctors, paramedics and fire rescue personnel who are on the front lines every day working to keep our residents healthy and safe.

Achieving Quality Public Schools

Our children are our greatest asset and the next generation of leaders. Our strength as a community is achieving quality public schools so our children can learn from the best and brightest. As your state representative, I will bring together our education stakeholders, teachers and parents to our community as a champion fighting for our area schools.

Matt on the Issues