Matt Bevens was born in Topeka, Kansas and raised by his parents David and Jodie Bevens. David works as a public servant for the city of Topeka and Jodie is a nurse for a local hospital clinics. Their lifelong commitments to helping others has taught Matt the importance of community, compassion, and character.
Growing up, Matt spent his summers mowing lawns, going to Boy Scout camps, and playing sports. In high school, he was on the varsity debate and forensics teams where he served as co-president his senior year. He earned his black belt in karate, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, and was co-president of the National Honor Society. Matt participated in Model United Nations for five consecutive years.
Matt served his community as a member of Complete Streets, the Community Resource Council, Topeka Youth Project, and Topeka Youth Court. In 2009, he graduated from Leadership Greater Topeka and during his junior year, Matt was chosen to attend the American Legion’s Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy where he saw firsthand the importance of social unity for a democracy to work.
For college, Matt spent his first semester at the George Washington University in Washington D.C. But not feeling at home, he chose to return to Kansas where he attended the University of Kansas. There, he participated in competitive debate and was a member of the racquetball club. While at KU, Matt coached debate and forensics for his alma mater, Topeka High School coaching numerous students to the national tournament all three years. His eight year commitment to debate has given him unique insights into national and international policy. In 2010, he graduated with a degree in Economics and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa national honors society.
Like most Americans, Matt and his family were unsure of how to pay for college. In response, they became small business owners to help make ends meet. For three years, they worked with real estate agents and clients getting homes ready for market. His time helping his parents run their small business gave Matt a new perspective on the struggles small business owners face.
After graduation, Matt began working at Westar Energy where he uses his background in economics to forecast electricity markets, trade power, and build models to optimize growth in his field. At the same time, he also entered a graduate program through Dallas Theological Seminary where he is finishing a degree in Theological and Biblical Studies.
While Matt was in college, he went on two separate mission trips to Guatemala. There he saw God’s hands and feet at work to house the homeless, care for the poor, and find families for the orphaned. It was then that Matt felt the calling on his life to serve the people of his community back in Kansas.
In 2013, Matt ran for City Council in Topeka. Although losing the final vote, he always felt he won by bringing attention to some of the city’s greatest issues such as public infrastructure and reducing crime. He did not stop serving his community after losing. Matt invested his time helping with church functions and continues to volunteer today at the Topeka Rescue Mission.
On October 2, 2015 Matt married the love of his life, McKensie Bevens (Gnagi). When they were younger, the two of them sparred against each other at the same karate school. Years after the karate school closed down, they reunited to start a chapter of Ratio Christi, a Christian apologetics club, at Washburn University. The couple are still sponsors for the club and Matt prepares and teaches a lesson every semester. The two of them have dedicated their lives to helping others.
Paid for by Matt Bevens for Congress. Sam Schumann, Treasurer