Rep. Matt Shea

Spokane County Sheriff's Department

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says he’s happy the FBI is conducting a criminal investigation of Washington State Representative Matt Shea.


The sheriff learned about the investigation from a letter sent by the state bar association. It revealed it would forgo its own investigation of Shea until the FBI probe is complete.


Spokane County Sheriffs Office

Spokane County Ozzie Knezovich has been invited to speak at a Republican event in southern Idaho on the dangers of right wing extremist groups, a topic he has spoken about in the past.

Knezovich will give a presentation on Saturday at the Idaho Region Seven Republican Day Dinner in Idaho Falls.

“They’re concerned about the white supremacist movement," he said.

UPDATED: Friday 1:50 pm. Here is the link to the materials that are part of the investigations into the actions of Matt Shea.

Hundreds of documents compiled as part of a special investigation into Rep. Matt Shea (R-Spokane Valley) have been made available to the public.

The Washington State House commissioned the investigation.

The 500 pages of documents include online chat information, emails, social media posts and other materials.

Washington Department of Enterprise Services

The opening of the Washington legislative session has intensified the debate about whether Rep. Matt Shea (R-Spokane Valley) should be allowed to continue serving in the state House. No determination about his future as an elected official has been made yet.

Shea has been the subject of some rather sharp debate in the Spokane City Council’s public forums during the last two weeks.


More public officials are now asking Washington state Representative Matt Shea (R-Spokane Valley) to resign.

Ted S Warran/ AP

State Rep. Matt Shea (R-Spokane Valley) is firing back after criticism for participating in a chat event in which a discussion took place calling for violence against people with liberal views. 

The conversation in November of 2017 on the messaging app Signal was reported in the Guardian newspaper.

Permanent Daylight Saving Time Goes To WA Governor's Desk

Apr 23, 2019
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

A bill that would move Washington to permanent daylight saving time is now on its way to the governor. The House today [Tuesday] approved a version that had recently passed in the Senate.

The vote in the House was 90-6 and follows a similarly-lopsided vote in the Senate (46-2)

“Finally we can #ditchtheswitch, #bringthelight and #thefutureinwashingtonissobrightwegottawearshades,” said Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane), the lead sponsor of this year’s version of the bill.

Washington State legislature

Two complaints related to campaign finance have been filed against state Rep. Matt Shea (R-Spokane Valley).

The complaints have been filed in the past week with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission. Both relate to Shea’s use of surplus campaign donations.

Avista Latest Shea Donor To Request Its Money Back

Nov 2, 2018

Avista has become the latest donor to Rep. Matt Shea’s (R-Spokane Valley) campaign to ask for its money back. This is in response to a document named “Biblical Basis for War,” released by Shea.


(UPDATED: Since we first aired this story, we were contacted by two other campaign donors mentioned in the story. Robin Dale of the Washington Health Care Association said, "Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. It certainly is concerning. We will continue to monitor your story as it develops."