“If we allow our trade infrastructure to deteriorate, our current economy will suffer the same effects. Without rail there is no trade, and without trade there will never be enough funding to maintain even basic services the state provides.”

Matt Manweller took office representing the 13th Legislative District in 2012. He co-founded the Washington Legislative Rail Caucus in 2014 to identify and discuss solutions for sustaining and improving rail, which is critical to Washington’s transportation system. The Rail Caucus is a statewide, bicameral and bipartisan group that works in partnership with other Northwest states and Canada, departments of transportation, local governments, passenger rail, freight rail, rail suppliers, ports, shippers, labor organizations, and other rail-focused associations. Manweller is also a professor at Central Washington University (CWU) where he teaches Political Science and Constitutional Law and he is the author of several scholarly books and articles on tort reform, voting behavior, state court procedures and constitutional law.

Manweller received a B.A. in economics and a teaching certificate from Whitman College, an M.A. in political science from the University of Montana and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Oregon. He has served as a president of the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association and president of the CWU Faculty Senate. He has also served on the board of directors of HopeSource and the Ellensburg Chamber of Commerce. Manweller resides in Ellensburg with his wife and two sons.

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