About Rep. Skyler Rude
In 2019, Skyler was sworn in as a state representative for the 16th Legislative District, which includes all of Columbia, Walla Walla and parts of Benton and Franklin counties.
Born, raised and educated in Walla Walla, Skyler has spent his adulthood finding ways to serve his community. Since 2015, he has worked as College Place Senator Maureen Walsh's legislative assistant. During his time in that position, he learned to navigate the legislative process and worked on issues that directly affected residents of the 16th District.
Previous to his time in the Legislature, Skyler worked as a personal property and casualty insurance agent and spent several years in telecommunications.
He has also served on the Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and Washington State Senate staff task force dedicated to forming sexual harassment and discrimination policies.
In addition to his legislative committees, Skyler serves on the following bipartisan committees: Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program Committee, Joint Higher Education Committee, Joint Task Force on Community and Technical College Counselors, the Capitol Furnishings Preservation Committee, the LGBTQ Commission, the Columbia Basin College EMS Program Advisory Committee, and the National Conference of State Legislature's Nuclear Legislative Working Group. He has also been appointed to serve on an internal task force tasked with exploring remote-testimony for committee hearings in the state House.