About Matt

Matthew Sutherland has lived in Whitman County the majority of his adult life. He joined the United States Army at seventeen, following his father and grandfather's footsteps into an ongoing life of service. 

As a non-commissioned officer, he was deployed on a humanitarian aid mission to El Salvador where he laid brick and mortar to expand aid infrastructure for the economically disadvantaged. He worked with a task force comprised of volunteers from units across the country in cooperation with foreign military and civilian personnel.

In 2016, he chose to focus his military service toward his home-state, and he is currently a commissioned officer in the Washington Army National Guard.

He received his B.A. in Political Science from Washington State University, and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Global Security Policy.

He serves as the Vice Chair of the Whitman County Planning Commission and is an active member of the Pullman Board of Adjustment and Police Advisory Committee.

Matthew Sutherland decided to run for office because he knows how frustrating it can be when our representatives ignore our values and remain out of touch with their constituents. 

He understands that people in our region, state and country don't ask for much – good paying jobs, affordable healthcare for their families, and quality schools for their kids. He knows that these priorities aren't partisan, and that we can do better. 

Like many Americans, he knows what it is like to live paycheck to paycheck and be unsure of how to make ends meet. His valuable life experience has shaped his goals, values and ideals.

When he was a kid, his mother passed away after battling terminal brain cancer. 

His father struggled to raise two boys as a manufacturer while paying off mountains of medical bills and barely scraping by. 

Lots of us are facing real problems, and Matthew Sutherland is going to fight for real solutions.

When Matthew looks around, he doesn’t see a Republican or Democratic pothole, he sees a problem that needs to be fixed, and that is the mindset he will bring to the State House. 

As your representative, Matthew will work to address the concerns of working people that have been continually ignored by the incumbent and partisanship in Olympia.


Honors and Achievements

  • Rated “Among the Best” for yearly leadership evaluations (US Army, 2015)

  • Advisor to the Commander of Air Assault Operations (U.S. Army, 2016)

  • Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year (U.S. Army, 2013)

  • Commandant's List (Warrior Leader Course, 2012)

  • Army Achievement Medal (x2)

  • United States Army Air Assault Badge (2015)

  • German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold)

Our district

The 9th Legislative District is one of the largest and most beautiful regions in our state! This sprawling rural district is home to Washington State University, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, The Snake River, Columbia Basin College, Gesa Stadium, and one of the largest secondary schools in the state, Chiawana High School. It has a diverse local economy of small businesses, education services, manufacturing, agriculture, viticulture, transportation services, retail trade, health care services, research and development, food services and more. It incorporates  Adams, Asotin, Franklin, Garfield, Whitman and Spokane counties. The largest cities in the district are Pasco, Pullman, Othello, Clarkston, Connell, Colfax, Ritzville and Pomeroy. We have a lot of ground to cover, so be sure to head over to our volunteer page to learn more about how you can get involved today!