About Matt

Matthew Sutherland has lived in Whitman County the majority of his adult life and comes from a union household. His father worked the manufacturing line at Boeing and struggled to raise two boys while paying off mountains of medical bills and barely scraping by.

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 is currently an officer candidate in the Washington National Guard, where he intends to branch as an Infantry officer. 

Matthew graduated from Washington State University and received his BA in Political Science, and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Global Security Policy, to learn more about how to better protect our nation.

He was first inspired to run for office because he has personally seen how damaging it can be when our leaders ignore our issues and remain out of touch with their constituents.

That’s why he is running to represent the     9th Legislative District in the state house – to address the concerns of working families in eastern Washington that have been continually ignored by the incumbent and partisanship in Olympia.

Like many Americans, he’s lived paycheck to paycheck and has been unsure of how to make ends meet. His valuable life experience has shaped his goals, values and ideals.

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. 

Matt will work across the aisle to deliver real results for our communities and put people before politics. 

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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!