Matthew's Story:

In 1988, Matthew E. Haines came to Texas from Iowa with little more than the clothes on his back. Prior to moving to Texas, a single bedroom in someone’s home was all he could afford, so he rented this room while he bused tables and ran projectors at a local theater to pay his bills.

In spite of the challenges he faced, Matthew persevered and found a niche in the newly emerging tech-industry in the DFW area. Over twenty years later, he finished his corporate career managing Global Business Operations for Cisco Systems, Inc. This experience provided broad insight into international business, finance and operations for a multi-billion-dollar company. 

During this experience, Matthew also turned his attention to entrepreneurial endeavors by founding Tangent Properties with his wife, Jennifer. Today, his companies purchase, renovate, lease and manage both single-family and multi-family properties. His combined portfolio consists of 13 single family homes and 3 apartment communities for a total of 253 residences. Matthew also owns and operates 2 Texas PUC licensed power generation and distribution stations. He is a licensed tradesman in plumbing, electrical, and HVAC.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Matthew experienced first-hand the horrors of government overreach and the powers that government can exert on private businesses during declared states of emergency. His small business lost over a quarter of a million dollars in rental income due to the CDC eviction moratorium. While he continued to pay his employees, investors, utilities, property insurance, and property taxes, he was unable to evict tenants who refused to pay their rent; many were able to pay yet chose not to because they knew they were protected from eviction by the government. This infringement on private property rights is one of the many things that inspired him to seek state office.

Beyond his business experiences, Matthew has distinguished himself as strong conservative voice in local Denton County government, serving on the town council of Shady Shores since 2013. During his time on the council, he helped solve significant local public safety issues by securing state and county funding for the bridge on South Shady Shores Road — a project no one thought was possible — which is scheduled to break ground in 2022. He also updated the town’s office technology to increase transparency and efficiency for the town’s municipal court system as well safety for the staff. He helped secure funds to rebuild the town after recent flooding, and reduced electricity costs for the town by more than 50%. 

Matthew did all of this without ever raising taxes on his neighbors. Instead, he took a businessman’s approach to government. He restructured and reviewed all of the city’s contacts enabling Shady Shores to run more efficiently as a business. He was responsible for the reconfiguration of the town’s bank accounts that now generate significantly more interest income.

Matthew is also passionate about protecting abused and neglected children. He is the current President of Denton County’s Child Protective Services Board of Directors and has served on their board since 2016.

Matthew and his wife, Jennifer — an Electrical Engineering graduate of UT Arlington who worked for Texas Instruments — have been married for over 20 years. In 2015, Jennifer and Matthew completed Corinth Police Department’s “Volunteers In Police Service” (VIPS) program and now participate in its “Citizens On Patrol” program. Matthew also graduated from the FBI Citizens Academy in 2016.

Matthew's Story

In 1988, Matthew E. Haines came to Texas from Iowa with little more than the clothes on his back. Prior to moving to Texas, a single bedroom in someone’s home was all he could afford, so he rented this room while he bused tables and ran projectors at a local theater to pay his bills.

In spite of the challenges he faced, Matthew persevered and found a niche in the newly emerging tech-industry in the DFW area. Over twenty years later, he finished his corporate career managing Global Business Operations for Cisco Systems, Inc. This experience provided broad insight into international business, finance and operations for a multi-billion-dollar company.

During this experience, Matthew also turned his attention to entrepreneurial endeavors by founding Tangent Properties with his wife, Jennifer. Today, his companies purchase, renovate, lease and manage both single-family and multi-family properties. His combined portfolio consists of 13 single family homes and 3 apartment communities for a total of 253 residences. Matthew also owns and operates 2 Texas PUC licensed power generation and distribution stations. He is a licensed tradesman in plumbing, electrical, and HVAC.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Matthew experienced first-hand the horrors of government overreach and the powers that government can exert on private businesses during declared states of emergency. His small business lost over a quarter of a million dollars in rental income due to the CDC eviction moratorium. While he continued to pay his employees, investors, utilities, property insurance, and property taxes, he was unable to evict tenants who refused to pay their rent; many were able to pay yet chose not to because they knew they were protected from eviction by the government. This infringement on private property rights is one of the many things that inspired him to seek state office.

Beyond his business experiences, Matthew has distinguished himself as strong conservative voice in local Denton County government, serving on the town council of Shady Shores since 2013. During his time on the council, he helped solve significant local public safety issues by securing state and county funding for the bridge on South Shady Shores Road — a project no one thought was possible — which is scheduled to break ground in 2022. He also updated the town’s office technology to increase transparency and efficiency for the town’s municipal court system as well safety for the staff. He helped secure funds to rebuild the town after recent flooding, and reduced electricity costs for the town by more than 50%. 

Matthew did all of this without ever raising taxes on his neighbors. Instead, he took a businessman’s approach to government. He restructured and reviewed all of the city’s contacts enabling Shady Shores to run more efficiently as a business. He was responsible for the reconfiguration of the town’s bank accounts that now generate significantly more interest income.

Matthew is also passionate about protecting abused and neglected children. He is the current President of Denton County’s Child Protective Services Board of Directors and has served on their board since 2016.

Matthew and his wife, Jennifer — an Electrical Engineering graduate of UT Arlington who worked for Texas Instruments — have been married for over 20 years. In 2015, Jennifer and Matthew completed Corinth Police Department’s “Volunteers In Police Service” (VIPS) program and now participate in its “Citizens On Patrol” program. Matthew also graduated from the FBI Citizens Academy in 2016.

Matthew's Story:

In 1988, Matthew E. Haines came to Texas from Iowa with little more than the clothes on his back. Prior to moving to Texas, a single bedroom in someone’s home was all he could afford, so he rented this room while he bused tables and ran projectors at a local theater to pay his bills.

In spite of the challenges he faced, Matthew persevered and found a niche in the newly emerging tech-industry in the DFW area. Over twenty years later, he finished his corporate career managing Global Business Operations for Cisco Systems, Inc. This experience provided broad insight into international business, finance and operations for a multi-billion-dollar company. 

During this experience, Matthew also turned his attention to entrepreneurial endeavors by founding Tangent Properties with his wife, Jennifer. Today, his companies purchase, renovate, lease and manage both single-family and multi-family properties. His combined portfolio consists of 13 single family homes and 3 apartment communities for a total of 253 residences. Matthew also owns and operates 2 Texas PUC licensed power generation and distribution stations. He is a licensed tradesman in plumbing, electrical, and HVAC.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Matthew experienced first-hand the horrors of government overreach and the powers that government can exert on private businesses during declared states of emergency. His small business lost over a quarter of a million dollars in rental income due to the CDC eviction moratorium. While he continued to pay his employees, investors, utilities, property insurance, and property taxes, he was unable to evict tenants who refused to pay their rent; many were able to pay yet chose not to because they knew they were protected from eviction by the government. This infringement on private property rights is one of the many things that inspired him to seek state office.

Beyond his business experiences, Matthew has distinguished himself as strong conservative voice in local Denton County government, serving on the town council of Shady Shores since 2013. During his time on the council, he helped solve significant local public safety issues by securing state and county funding for the bridge on South Shady Shores Road — a project no one thought was possible — which is scheduled to break ground in 2022. He also updated the town’s office technology to increase transparency and efficiency for the town’s municipal court system as well safety for the staff. He helped secure funds to rebuild the town after recent flooding, and reduced electricity costs for the town by more than 50%. 

Matthew did all of this without ever raising taxes on his neighbors. Instead, he took a businessman’s approach to government. He restructured and reviewed all of the city’s contacts enabling Shady Shores to run more efficiently as a business. He was responsible for the reconfiguration of the town’s bank accounts that now generate significantly more interest income.

Matthew is also passionate about protecting abused and neglected children. He is the current President of Denton County’s Child Protective Services Board of Directors and has served on their board since 2016.

Matthew and his wife, Jennifer — an Electrical Engineering graduate of UT Arlington who worked for Texas Instruments — have been married for over 20 years. In 2015, Jennifer and Matthew completed Corinth Police Department’s “Volunteers In Police Service” (VIPS) program and now participate in its “Citizens On Patrol” program. Matthew also graduated from the FBI Citizens Academy in 2016.