“Represent Maryland – A Grassroots Movement to Fight Political Corruption”
Represent Maryland is a local chapter of the national organization known as Represent.Us. Our goal is to pass a Maryland state law modeled after The American Anti-Corruption Act in order to send representatives to Congress who are, as James Madison wrote, “dependent upon the people alone,” and to eventually pass The American Anti-Corruption Act federally. While the act itself is the goal, our grassroots strategy of involving as many citizens as possible in the political process will be the true tipping point in reducing the corruption of our political system.
Matthew Lindauer hails from Southwest Ohio, graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Criminology, and moved to Baltimore in March of 2016 after 10 years of service in the Marine Corps as a Tactical Data Network Operator and Manpower Officer. He resigned as a Captain from the service in order to support and defend the Constitution against domestic threats like hyper-partisanship, civic ineptitude, and materialism that he views as equally concerning as any foreign threat.
From 2013 to 2016, Matt volunteered as an active member of the Secular Coalition for North Carolina to uphold and maintain secular values in legislation and public policy. During that time he also served as a board member for the Humanists & Freethinkers of New Bern, a chapter of the American Humanist Association. He currently serves with Baltimore’s Civic Works as a Math Fellow tutoring 6th and 8th graders in mathematics at Windsor Mill Middle School. He is the Education & Outreach Committee Chair for Get Money Out Maryland, as well as a board member. He recently organized the local chapter of Ben Franklin Circles, a group dedicated to gathering people for discussions on Franklin’s 13 virtues and civic servitude. He hopes to attend the University of Maryland in 2017 to begin research in their psychology department under the Social, Decision, and Organizational Science division. His personal military decorations include two Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medals, a Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and an Iraq Campaign Medal. His wife of 3 years, Maria, is also a graduate of Ohio State University and has worked for the Social Security Administration over 8 years. They do not have any children, but unfortunately for Matt, have 2 cats named Pequeno and Frank.