Representative Matt Wingard served the residents of House District 26 in the Oregon State Legislature from 2008-2013. He was the co-chair of the House Committee on Education and is a passionate advocate for education reform.
In 2011, Rep. Wingard negotiated and passed the most significant education reform package in state history that increased accountability and choices for Oregon parents. The package included inter-district transfers (HB 3681), Multiple Authorizers for public charter schools (HB 3645), repealing arbitrary enrollment caps on statewide online schools (HB 2301), Full-day Kindergarten (SB 248), Educational Service District Reform (SB 250), making the Governor the Superintendent of Public Instruction (SB 552), creating a P-20 Council to oversee the entire state-funded system of education (SB 909), expanding access to vocational education (HB 3362), and many more.
Rep. Wingard also passed legislation to repeal 28 educational mandates on Oregon schools (SB 800), provide Oregon foster youth with higher education assistance (HB 3471), and secured funding for the Oregon Institute of Technology to consolidate its Metro campus in Wilsonville (HB 5006). Before joining the Legislature, he helped to start new, innovative public schools across Oregon that, today, serve thousands of Oregon children.
Rep. Wingard has passed legislation to: Honor fallen public safety officers and protect their families from harassment (HB 3273); Reduce regulations on Oregon’s farmers’ markets (HB 2336); and protect homeowners during a short sale (HB 2916).
Matt has run his own public relations consulting firm since 2002, assisting education-related clients in both the U.S. and China. He began his career as a television reporter in the 1990s. He is a third-generation Oregonian, graduated from Aloha High School and received a BA in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Southern California.
Matt’s son Hunter is a Specialist currently serving in the United States Army. Matt also organized the Night of a Thousand Laughs fundraisers to benefit local children’s charities and enjoys teaching classes at the library.