About Rep. Matt Boehnke

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Rep. Matt Boehnke (pronounced BAY-nkee) is serving his second term representing the 8th Legislative District, which includes Richland, West Richland and Kennewick.

Matt was raised in Kennewick, graduating from Kamiakin High School in 1986. He then attended Eastern Washington University, where he graduated as an ROTC-Distinguished Military Graduate and received his active-duty commission in the U.S. Army Aviation branch in 1990. He spent the next 21 years in the service, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before retiring and moving back to Kennewick.

Since 2015, Matt has served as the director and lead professor of the cybersecurity division at Columbia Basin College. He also owns a cybersecurity consulting business. Before joining the Legislature, he served for three years on the Kennewick City Council.

In the House, Matt is serving on three committees, including in a leadership role as the ranking minority member of the Community and Economic Development Committee. He is also a member of the House Appropriations and Environment and Energy committees.

Matt and his wife, Dawn, have been married for more than 30 years. They have two sons, Matthew and Brandon.

Community Service: Arts Commissioner; Sunrise Rotarian; Water Follies Air Show Director; Tri City Americans Billet Family; Bethlehem Lutheran Church; Lifetime member of the American Legion; National Rifle Association; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Member of the Washington Education Association; and Member of the Columbia Basin Veterans Coalition.