The Edmond Sun

February 25, 2013

Americans for Prosperity welcomes new state director

Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — Americans for Prosperity-Oklahoma, the Sooner State’s leading advocate for economic freedom and limited government, recently welcomed Matthew Ball as its new state director. Ball’s plans for the chapter include promoting tax reform, pension reform and school choice policies.

“I am excited to continue building on the momentum AFP has established here in Oklahoma. I count myself humbled to join an organization that values the importance of grassroots engagement while standing for the principles of the free market, limited government and fiscal responsibility. I look forward to reaching out to and working with our grassroots activists, members of the Oklahoma Legislature and other stakeholders to help bring about public policy change that will make our state more prosperous for our children and grandchildren.”

“While the federal government continues to show disregard for future generations of taxpayers with its reckless tax-and-spend policies, the state of Oklahoma has an opportunity to set itself apart by continuing to move in a different direction: one of lower taxes, less regulation, and harnessing the power of the free market to solve the problems of the day.”

Former state director Stuart Jolly shared his excitement with Matt’s plans for the chapter.

“Matt and I have had several conversations regarding his plans for the future of AFP-OK,” Jolly said. “He will bring fresh energy and a renewed vision to the 24,000 members of AFP-OK.”

Ball formerly worked for Sen. Tom Coburn and is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. He received his OSU bachelor’s degree in political science in 2003. He also has a graduate certificate in International Affairs from the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. He will be completing his master’s degree in Political Science in 2013 at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Ball lives in Edmond with his wife Audra and two sons, Eli and Max.

Americans for Prosperity is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. For more information, visit