Friends of Matt Isenhower

Who am I?

I am a businessman, a Navy veteran, and father committed to making the Northwest a place where children and families thrive.

I was raised on Sammamish, attended Lake Washington public schools, and graduated from Redmond High School. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy, I served as a naval officer. I then went on to earn an MBA from Harvard Business School.

In the Navy, I served aboard an aircraft carrier and a destroyer. During a deployment to the Indian Ocean to protect critical international shipping lanes, I prepared the Navy’s first team to rescue hostages and capture Somali pirates off the Horn of Africa. I then went on to serve at the Pentagon, tracking worldwide naval operations for the Navy’s top leaders and coordinating crisis response activities with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Fleet Commanders.

My wife, April, and I returned home to the Eastside to raise our son and daughter because we want them to have the same advantages we enjoyed growing up in Washington state, such as high-quality public schools, a strong economy, and a beautiful natural environment.

From an early age, I have been committed to serving this community, whether as an Eagle Scout in Boy Scout Troop 571 or a volunteer at Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church. I currently serve as a trustee of the Lake Washington Schools Foundation, as a member of the Horace Mann Elementary School PTSA, and as an elected member of the King County Veterans Program Advisory Board. I want to make our community stronger by going to Olympia to get common sense solutions moving for the Eastside.

Why am I running?

I have been committed to public service my entire life. I demonstrated this commitment by serving my country honorably in the Navy, and demonstrate it now by giving back to the community through my involvement as a trustee of the Lake Washington Schools Foundation, the Horace Mann Elementary School PTSA, and the King County Veterans Program Advisory Board, which serves local veterans in need.

I am running because our state deserves better than an extreme conservative Republican who masquerades as a moderate. I believe that people in the middle class, children and families, and the most vulnerable in my district thrive when state government fully funds quality public schools, creates policies that promote a vibrant economy, and protect our beautiful environment. I want my children to enjoy the same opportunities that I did growing up in this district, and I believe that if Andy Hill remains the State Senator from this district, they, and all children, will not.

The last two years of Andy Hill holding the purse strings for the Republican caucus has led to an unsustainable budget and an extreme conservative agenda that brought our state to the brink of shutdown in 2013. Additionally, in 2014, the Republican-controlled State Senate failed to pass a transportation package, a capital budget or address the need to fully fund our public schools.

Our state cannot afford four more years of gridlock in Olympia under Andy Hill and the Republicans’ failed leadership. Republican control of the State Senate has ensured that our state’s legislature has been incredibly unproductive, stalling important legislation that is good for our children, our environment, our economy, and good for the values that the majority of Washingtonians support. I am running because I believe I can make a difference in Olympia, and because this seat is the Democrats’ best chance to pick up a seat in the State Senate and put Washington state back on the right track.

My Goals

If elected, my top three priority goals will be to one, fully fund our schools in a common-sense and sustainable way, two, help pass a balanced transportation package that is good for Eastside families, the environment, and trade, and three, ensure that legislation on important social issues gets a fair and full consideration in the State Senate.

I intend to achieve these goals by working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support legislation that further these goals. I am open to hearing from any and all people on legislative issues, and plan on having an open-door policy in my State Senate office.

I serve as a Trustee of the Lake Washington Schools Foundation, whose mission is to help the community directly and efficiently invest in classroom learning. The Lake Washington Schools Foundation offers multiple grant programs designed in conjunction with the Lake Washington School District to address specific needs, such as the Access Fund, which helps low-income students defray some of the costs of attending secondary school, such as classroom fees, lab manuals, and graphing calculators. I also serve as the Lake Washington Schools Foundation Ambassador to Horace Mann Elementary School and I am a member of the Horace Mann Elementary PTSA.

My DFA Values

I share DFA’s values of community, security, and liberty, and my campaign will reflect this. Over the last two years of Andy Hill and the Republicans being in control of the State Senate, I have seen far too many progressive policies important to Eastside families be pushed aside in favor of corporate interests. Andy Hill, as chief budget writer in the Senate, has not closed a single tax loophole, including tax breaks for out-of-state oil companies that threaten our environment, safety, and stop Washington state from being able to fully fund education.

Public service has always been one of my guiding principles. I have served my community throughout my life and demonstrated my commitment to service by serving our country in uniform. After leaving the Navy, I became active in the Lake Washington Schools Foundation and the Horace Mann Elementary School PTSA because I want to ensure that my children and all Washington children have the same advantages I was fortunate enough to enjoy. I am running for State Senator because I know that our state must make sure we’re investing wisely in areas, such as education and transportation, that ensure the best return on our investment.

I served my country in uniform for six years, so ensuring the United States’ security is something I have put my life on the line for. I believe that when men and women who wore the uniform of our country and put their lives on the line return to civilian life, we have a moral obligation to repay their service to our nation by ensuring that they have the tools to be successful.

The Constitution ensures that every person in our country has the right to practice their chosen religion free from government interference, has the right to live free from undue discrimination, and, in Washington state, marry the person they love regardless of gender. I believe an important part of liberty is freedom from undue government or corporate surveillance, and I intend to support efforts in Washington state to protect privacy.

My Campaign is People Powered!

I plan on having a grassroots campaign, where committed volunteers help me get my message to voters in my district. I have already engaged with progressive organizations both to hear the issues that are important to their members, and to work to motivate their members to help bring back strong leadership to Olympia. I am also currently working to gain the support of the labor and environmental communities, both of which have signaled their support of my campaign and for changing the direction of our State Senate. I plan on engaging volunteers from these organizations to help me knock on doors and talk to voters, to donate to my campaign to ensure that I can reach all the voters in my district, and to seek their counsel and advice on issues important to the voters of the 45th Legislative District.

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