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Sen. Matt Boehnke (Bank-ee) is serving his first term representing the 8th Legislative District in the State Senate after serving two terms in the Washington House of Representatives.

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 on the Kennewick City Council for three years.

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

Matt serves on the Senate Human Services (Ranking); Business, Financial Services, Gaming & Trade; Environment, Energy & Technology; and Ways & Means committees.

Matt and his wife, Dawn, have been married for over 33 years. They have two sons, Matthew and Brandon.

Community Service: Washington State University Tri-Cities Advisory Board, Visit Tri-Cities Board, Wa St Office of Chief Information Officer-Technical Services Board; ArtsWA Board; PISCES Board; Supply Chain Caucus Chair, Aviation Caucus Co Chair; Hydrogen Caucus Co Chair; NCSL Nuclear Legislative Working Group; Sunrise Rotarian; 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 the Columbia Basin Veterans Coalition.