Cynthia Mattson, a resident of Virginia since 1972, received her B.A. from Michigan State University and J.D. from Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. Mattson served most of her twenty-eight-year career with the federal government as a trial lawyer. She is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia bars and is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court. She is also a member of the Virginia Historical Society and the Lunenburg County Historical Society.