Matt Eide, a fifth generation Iowan, is a native of Fort Dodge. He has been a lobbyist in Des Moines since 1993. He represents clients before the Iowa Legislature, Governor's Office, Executive Branch agencies, and the Des Moines City Council. Matt limits his practice to legislative and regulatory law.
Matt graduated cum laude from Drake University in 1988 and from Drake University Law School in 1993. He lobbied for the Iowa Association of Realtors (1993-1995), the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (1995 - 2000), and was a partner in the lobbying firm Fitzgerald & Eide before establishing Eide & Heisinger in 2003. Matt and Kate Walton formed Eide • Walton in 2019. Prior to lobbying in Des Moines, Matt served as a legislative assistant to former Congressman Jim Lightfoot in Washington, D.C. for two years and as finance director for Jim’s 1988 congressional campaign.
Matt lives in Des Moines with his wife Sara and five children. In his spare time, Matt enjoys spending time with his kids and watching their many activities. Matt recently retired after a 27-year career as a high school, college, and arena football official. Matt currently serves on the St. Augustin Parish Council.
Kate grew up in Indianola, Iowa and has more than 20 years of experience in government relations, advocacy, strategic guidance and public policy. Kate has expertise in health care policy.
Kate's past advocacy experience includes being Director of State Government Relations with UnityPoint Health, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Iowa Medical Society, Policy Director for former Iowa Governor Chet Culver, Legislative Liaison for the Iowa Department of Human Services and a member of Senator Tom Harkin's staff in Iowa and Washington, DC.
Kate has a Master's in Education and Human Development and a Bachelor of Science in Family Social Science, both from the University of Minnesota.
Kate lives in Indianola with her husband, John Moorlach, and daughters Ava, 16 and Amelia, 12. In her spare time she loves to run, cook and cheer her kids on at swim meets. Kate serves on the City of Indianola Parks & Recreation Board, the Iowa Rural Health Association Board and Chairs the Indianola Park Friends Board.
Lauren grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. She is a senior at Drake University, studying Strategic Political Communications and Public Relations.
Lauren's previous roles have included internships at VoteSmart, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Cindy Axne for Congress and most recently at the Iowa Finance Authority. She was also involved in Representative Jennifer Konfrst's 2016 campaign and Kennedy for Illinois in 2017.
In her free time, Lauren enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends. She currently serves as President of Drake Simulation League and is an active member of Drake University's Public Relations Student Society of America chapter.