Skyler Rude sworn in to state House of Representatives

Walla Walla Republican Rep. Skyler Rude took the oath of office today to serve as a member of the Washington State House of Representatives.

Rude was elected to the position in November and assumes the seat previously held by former Rep. Terry Nealey, R-Dayton. He formerly served as 16th District Sen. Maureen Walsh's legislative assistant and chairman of the Walla Walla County Republican Party.

He will serve on the House Appropriations Committee as an assistant ranking Republican, fulfilling a key role in matters related to the state operating budget and other fiscal issues such as pension policy and employee compensation.

“I will be focusing on issues related to the long-term health of our state finances and pension obligations,” said Rude. “As we see government growing at an alarming rate, fiscal restraint is needed in Olympia now more than ever. State spending must be approached in a thoughtful way that respects the value of taxpayer dollars.”

Rude will also serve on the House College and Workforce Development Committee and the House Education Committee. He said he looks forward to working with educators and administrators on improving educational outcomes for students as well as cultivating pathways to affordable post-secondary education and employment opportunities for Washington's youth.

 “Ensuring quality outcomes in our K-12 system will be a top priority for me. The state's educational system needs to accommodate the unique needs of each school district – urban and rural, large and small,” said Rude. “As I've spent the past two months meeting with education stakeholders in our district, it has become clear more work needs to be done in this area.”

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The 2019 legislative session began today, Jan. 14, and is scheduled to last 105 days. 


Washington State House Republican Communications