Matthew Blair manages the lobbying practice and political operations of Corcoran Partners.
With more than 25 years of state and local government relations and political campaign consulting experience, Matthew is highly skilled at developing strategies to achieve complex overall results and managing multiple, concurrent efforts that run parallel tracks and timelines. He is known for successfully leading client strategy, funding acquisitions, increment planning, and communications strategy development at both the state and local levels.
Over the course of his career, Matthew has managed and participated in numerous statewide and local candidate, issue and corporate communications campaigns. He has led and consulted on dozens of candidate campaigns for city, county and state elected officials throughout the Tampa Bay region, including county commissioners, mayors, city council members, sheriffs, state attorneys, judges and Florida House and Senate members.
Matthew got his start in politics as a campaign manager for a State Senate campaign and then went on to serve four years as a legislative assistant to Senator John Grant. Matthew was subsequently hired as political director for a successful statewide constitutional referendum campaign and served as the executive director for a statewide grassroots organization, promoting Florida’s agriculture industry.
Matthew is actively involved in the community, currently serving as a member of the executive committee and board of directors, as well as the chairman of the audit committee for The Florida Aquarium. He serves on the board of directors of the Tampa Bay Chamber, Florida’s Children First and MapleRidge Ranch and as a member of the development committee for Feeding Tampa Bay.
Matthew attended the University of South Florida. Born and raised in Tampa, he resides there with his wife, Tracey, their four children, Caleb, Abigail, Joshua and Ellie, a goldendoodle named Mollie, Reese the rabbit and Perry the parakeet. They are active members at Idlewild Baptist Church. In his free time, Matthew enjoys spending time with his children, reading, fishing, riding ATVs and skiing.