Matthew Joseph Hill (born December 4, 1978 at Fort Wayne, Indiana) is a talk show host, co-owner of Right Way Marketing, LLC, and a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, representing the Tennessee General Assembly 7th House District (part of Washington County within northeast Tennessee).
Hill is the eldest son of Rev. Dr. Kenneth C. and Janet Hill and grew up in northeast Tennessee while attending public, private, and home schools at different times as a student. Hill graduated from Tri-Cities Christian High School and then went on to earn an Associate degree from Northeast State Technical Community College during 2001. Hill later completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication from East Tennessee State University.
Matthew Hill participated in the April 17, 1999 Bristol protest rally coordinated with International Action Center international protests against the U.S. military intervention during the Kosovo War.
Hill is employed by his father, Rev. Dr. Kenneth “Ken” C. Hill, as Information Communications Corporation, Inc. Vice President and as an Evangelical Methodist broadcaster with WHCB 91.5 FM (Dr. Hill also serves as the president of the 501(c)(3) Appalachian Educational Communications Corporation that owns WHCB 91.5 FM and the Cameo Theater). Dr. Kenneth Hill is a former Sullivan County State Executive Committee Member to the Tennessee Republican Party (2005–2008), a current Director of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, and is also a president of the now defunct State of Franklin political action committee. Dr. Kenneth Hill was in late 2005 nominated by then U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist in 2005 for appointment as commissioner with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Dr. Hill has also served secretary of the General Conference of the Evangelical Methodist Church and as chairman of the Publications Board of the Evangelical Methodist Church.
At the time of his first campaign for the Tennessee General Assembly in 2004, Matthew Hill worked concurrently as operations manager of the Information Communications Corporation, Inc., while hosting “Good Morning Tri-Cities” on WPWT “PowerTalk” 870 AM for seven years Hill is a children’s radio show host of the weekday broadcast of the Bible Buddies WHCB Kid’s Show with Mr. Matthew featuring Christian Rock music and had formerly hosted the The Matthew Hill Show broadcast radio program that was at one time accessible online as an archived free podcast.
Hill is a director and co-owner of the Blountville, Tennessee based Right Way Marketing, LLC political telemarketing firm (along with his brother, Timothy A. Hill, and his mother, Janet Hill) and the Any Lab Test Now Johnson City medical lab testing franchise (Healthy Living LLC) with his father, Kenneth C. Hill.
Rep. Hill’s younger brother, Timothy Aaron Hill, was formerly employed as a press secretary by U.S. Representative David Davis and is also himself a former WPWT 870AM Good Morning Tri-Cities conservative talk radio show host. Timothy Hill lost his 2010 election bid as the Republican primary candidate for the Tennessee General Assembly 3rd House District seat. Timothy Hill was later elected during 2012 from the newly gerrymander Tennessee 3rd House District to his first term within the Tennessee House of Representatives, making this event the first time that two brothers have been elected into the Tennessee General Assembly while serving during the same session.
Hill was first elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2004 as a member of the Republican Party. Hill was then a member of the Children and Family Affairs Committee, the Transportation Committee, the Domestic Relations Subcommittee, and the Public Safety and Rural Roads Subcommittee.
During the 2004 7th House District election, Hill was quoted by a local newspaper as stating that he “would only vote for an income tax if there was a war.”
A 2005 article within Business Tennessee Magazine cited Hill as a “…firebrand political conservative,” who “…championed social issues to recently get elected to the state House of Representatives representing Johnson City and Washington County.”
Hill was first re-elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2006, defeating Fred Phillips, former Washington County Sheriff and Tennessee Department of Safety Director, in the general election.
Among the 2006 legislation sponsored by Hill in the Tennessee General Assembly is HB2921, authorizing (upon passage) “…the display, in county and municipal public buildings…, of replicas of historical documents and writings” including the Ten Commandments religious displays. Former Rep. Jerome Cochran of Carter County introduced HB2921 in the Tennessee House Constitutional Protections subcommittee – of which Hill is not a standing member – and Hill’s HB2921 legislation died peacefully in subcommittee.
Another 2006 bill introduced by Matthew Hill, HB2924, would make child rape a capital offense, punishable by death or life imprisonment and would cost Tennessee taxpayers over $15 million each year to carry out the proposal. Hill’s HB2924 failed in both the House and the Senate during the 2006 legislative session. The Senate version of Hill’s child rape bill, SB2490, was sponsored by State Senator Raymond Finney. Finney has stated since the defeat of both HB2924 and SB2490 within the Tennessee General Assembly that he “…does not plan to continue with his bill.”
Rep. Hill was among a handful of Tennessee General Assembly Members within the House of Representatives widely reported during 2009 as a “birther”, demanding that U.S President Barack Obama be compelled to present Hill and other legislators with a certified copy of Obama’s Hawaiian birth certificate. At the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, Hill interviewed the nationally noted “birther” conspiracy advocate Dr. Orly Taitz for a February 10 segment podcasted online by the IRN The Matthew Hill Show.
The Nashville Scene reported on February 9, 2010 that Rep. Matthew Hill introduced his HB2683, legislation that “…would transfer all commercial vehicle inspection and enforcement duties from the Safety Department to the Tennessee Regulatory Authority.” The Nashville Scene article also observed that as Rep. Hill’s father is a Tennessee Regulatory Authority Director, Hill’s proposed TRA legislation would, “… In addition to all this new revenue from tractor-trailer tickets, the TRA and its directors also would gain fabulous new patronage powers under Hill’s bill to fill positions outside of civil service for the next two years.”
Rep. Hill re-introduced Tennessee workplace legislation during 2010 as HB2685, mandating that employees can only legally speak English at Tennessee workplaces.
During 2011 Rep. Hill introduced his HB1705 nullification bill (sponsored in the Tennessee Senate by Senator Stacey Campfield SB1474) that would direct the Tennessee General Assembly to …appoint a committee to review all federal laws and regulations for constitutionality; requires the committee to submit for a vote of the general assembly all federal laws and regulations it deems to be invalid under the Tennessee or federal constitutions.