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. Redistricting has changed the boundaries of the district, beginning next year. The new district maps can be found here.

Skyler was born, raised and educated in Walla Walla, and has spent his adulthood finding ways to serve his community. Beginning in 2015, he worked as 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 standing legislative committee assignments, Skyler serves on the following bipartisan/non-partisan committees and boards: Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program CommitteeJoint Higher Education Committee, the Capitol Furnishings Preservation Committee, the LGBTQ Commission, the Columbia Basin College EMS Program Advisory Committee, the Washington State Leadership Board, Blue Mountain Action Council board of directors, and the National Conference of State Legislature's Nuclear Legislative Working Group.