Mark your calendar: Primary Election: June 2, 2020, General Election: Nov 3, 2020.

About Matt


“I want to use my experiences – as a small business owner, 

a community activist and a Marine – to advocate for hardworking families living in Northeast Iowa. Working families deal with issues like health care, child care and economic justice every day. They deserve a strong “put people first” voice in our State Senate.” 

 Matt Tapscott, Democrat for Iowa Senate.


Small Business Owner

For 24 years Matt has owned and successfully operated Almost Home Early Learning – Naturally, an Iowa Department of Human Services regulated Child Development Home. Every day, Monday through Friday, Matt opens his well-recognized, quality Family Child Care program providing a rich “family” environment for Iowa’s young children. “Children need more intentional care in our childcare delivery system and high-quality “family” childcare is well suited to deliver this “critical need service” to Iowa’s working parents” says Matt. Prior to opening his sole-proprietor business Matt spent fourteen years managing childcare centers, for profit & non-profit.  


Community Voice

Tapscott serves currently as President of the Iowa Family Child Care Association, a statewide network of Family Child Care providers whose mission is to strengthen the profession of Family Child Care. Matt is a regular presenter at Child Care conferences at both the state and national level and taught childcare classes for Iowa’s Child Care Resource and Referral system for many years. He also served on Governor Tom Vilsack’s Childcare & Early Learning Task Force. 

He serves on the Board for the Toys Go ’Round Toy Lending Library, which services families throughout Northeast Iowa. He previously served on the Decorah Human Rights Commission, Decorah Public Library Board of Directors, and as Chair of the Winneshiek County Democratic Party. 


Family Man

Matt and Denise Tapscott are parents/stepparents to three children. Denise is a Family and Community Specialist for the Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation’s Early Childhood Programs. They are members of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Decorah


Matt and his wife Denise recently authored “When I Send My Child to Childcare: the busy caregivers guide to high-quality childcare.” 



Matt served three years in the U.S. Marines, serving as a weapons platoon sergeant in the Pacific Rim.  Liberty and justice for ALL.  



Outdoor Enthusiast

Matt recognizes Iowa’s “pockets of perfection” in relation to beautiful places to visit in our state. Northeast Iowa, he says, has “a whole plethora of perfection” in our streams, bluffs, rivers and trails. “We need strong environmental action to protect and enhance Iowa’s green spaces supporting both recreational interests and our economic vitality” 

says Tapscott.