John W Matthews, Jr. (born April 21, 1940) is a Democratic member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing District 39. He was first elected to the chamber in 1984. Matthews served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1975 to 1984.
Matthews attended South Carolina State College. He went on to attend Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical from 1970 to 1971. In 1972 he attended Lincoln Electrical Institute. Matthews used to be a farmer. Matthews is a retired Elementary School Principal. He worked as a businessman.