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About Matt 

Matt Smith has both extensive civilian prosecutorial experience and military experience, including active and reserve duty.   He is currently a First Assistant District Attorney and a Judge Advocate of the United States Army/Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

As First Assistant District Attorney, he has conducted over 100 jury trials, handling over 500 criminal cases a year from Misdemeanor DUIs to Homicide.

A military officer for 23 years, Matt has served in Iraq with the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  While in Iraq, he worked alongside local judges to establish the rule of law.  Additionally, he served as a military prosecutor, overseeing more than 130 disciplinary actions and 129 investigations. 

Most recently, Matt served an 11-month tour in Kuwait, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia where he instructed foreign officers on the law of war and preformed temporary duty at the United States Embassy in Kuwait.

He has earned the Bronze Star Medal, a Combat Action Badge, as well as the Airborne and Air Assault Badges amongst others.


Why should you vote for Matt Smith for Cumberland County Judge?

He has unmatched courtroom experience.

  • 17 years of service in the Cumberland County District Attorney office under the leadership Skip Ebert and David Freed.

    Represented the Commonwealth in almost 400 cases annually, ranging from DUIs, sexual assault, crimes against children, insurance fraud, drug cases, robbery, and     assault, to murder.

    Tried over 100 jury trials and 500 non-jury trials. 

    Current First Assistant District Attorney.

    Former Chief Deputy District Attorney, Chief of Appellate and Chief of Trials, Forfeiture Seizure, and Insurance Fraud Units.  

    Argued before the Superior and Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania.

    Member of the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and all Commonwealth Courts.

  • 12 years in the Judge Advocate General Corps.

    Served as a military prosecutor overseeing 130 disciplinary actions, including prosecuting a sexual assault in a combat zone, and managing 129 investigations.

    Served as military defense attorney on 140 cases, defending those who have defended the U.S.  

    Assisted and counseled thousands of soldiers in matters of custody, divorce, debt, foreclosure, and other civil cases.

He is a decorated combat veteran.

  • 23 years of military service, with multiple deployments to include a humanitarian relief mission to Nicaragua, a combat deployment to Iraq, and a deployment to Jordan, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

    Served as ammunition platoon leader, adjutant, intelligence officer, and Officer Candidate School instructor prior to transitioning to the JAG Corps. 

  • Awards, Decorations and Recognitions:
    Bronze Star Medal (BSM), Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) x 2, Army Commendation Medal (ARCOM) x 3, Joint Service Achievement Medal (JSAM), Army Achievement Medal (AAM), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (ARCAM) x 2, National Defense Service Medal (NDSM) x 2,  Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service (GWOTS), Humanitarian Service Medal (HSM) x 2, Armed Forces Reserve Mobilization Medal (AFRMM) with "M" Device, Army Service Ribbon (ASR), Overseas Service Ribbon (OSR).

    Combat Action Badge, Airborne Badge, Air Assault Badge

    Joint Meritorious Unit Award (JMUA), Meritorious Unit Citation (MUC)

28TH Infantry Division Shoulder Sleeve Insignia - Former Wartime Service (SSI-FWTS)


He is driven by Duty, Honor, and Values.

  • Devoted Husband and Father
    • Married for over 20 years.
    • Father to two children, a 12-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son.
  • Lifelong Republican.
  • Volunteer Instructor for Cumberland County Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services.
  • Volunteer Instructor for the NRA’s “Law of Personal Protection” Seminar, Carlisle Gun Club.
  • As an adoption advocate, believes in the sanctity of human life.


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