Meet Matt Corey
Matt McKinnon Corey was born January 11, 1964 in Hartford, CT. In 1951, Matt’s parents, Frederick Thomas Corey and Marie Jean Corey, came from Maine to Hartford for better job opportunities after his father served in WWII. Matt’s father worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier by day and held many second jobs to make ends meet at night. He was a courier for Connecticut National Bank, a Hartford cab driver, and worked for a cleaning company. Matt’s mother worked at Royal Typewriter in Hartford and also at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, in security and investigations. She left those companies to raise her seven children and went back to work as often as she could. Matt is a lifelong resident of Manchester, CT.
Matt graduated from Manchester High School in 1982 and immediately following graduation enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was deployed to Beirut in 1983 and served in the Navy until 1987. Upon completion of his military service, Matt worked for the U.S. Postal Service and then as a truck driver for the Teamsters (Roadway Corporation). In 1990, Matt decided to launch a high-rise window cleaning company, Advanced Services International, which is still a healthy viable business today. If you are lucky you may see Matt hanging from the rooftops of buildings in Hartford keeping things crystal clear today!
In 2002, Matt opened McKinnon’s Irish Pub located in Downtown Hartford, CT. He wanted to give back to the City of Hartford and give the “working class” a place to call their own. McKinnon’s Irish pub is adorned with memorabilia from firefighters to war patches and is a popular downtown destination. He is a union member of the Teamsters and a member of the SAG-AFTRA of New York.
Matt’s father often said, “You don’t respect the value of a dollar until you worked for it. It’s easy to spend other people’s money, but when you earn your own money, you buy things you need, not things you want.” Matt has always lived his life knowing the value of hard work and what it is like to own and operate a business in Connecticut. He is the working class and is for the working class of Connecticut.
His desire to secure jobs for Connecticut residents is a driving force behind his decision to run for Senate. “I love the State of Connecticut. It’s my home and I care about the people that live here. It’s time we invest in this great state and drive business growth, keep healthcare costs down, defend our nation, educate our youth, keep our promises to our veterans, and stimulate the economy.”