Mike Hewitt 16th LD
Key leader in fully funding K-12 education in the 2012 legislative session. Serves on the Governor's Thrive by Five committee on Early Learning.
Elected to the state Senate in 2000, 2004 and 2008, Senator Mike Hewitt represents Washington’s 16th Legislative District.
Senator Hewitt is a member of the Ways and Means (budget) Committee, the Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee and the Labor, Commerce, Research and Development Committee. He also serves on various other committees, including the governor’s Thrive by Five (early education) Committee.
Senator Hewitt’s experience as a small business owner for 23 years serves as an excellent foundation for his work on business and economic development issues.
Senator Hewitt is also a former chairman of the Walla Walla Planning Commission and has received the Association of Washington Business’s “Cornerstone” award and the Washington Association of Small Business Incubators’ Small Business Advocate of the Year award. In 2009, Senator Hewitt received the highest honor bestowed on legislators by the Association of Washington Business – the Jim Matson Award for “demonstrating time and again his first-hand understanding of the challenges faced by Washington employers.”
Senator Hewitt has a passion for veterans’ issues, In 2007 and 2008 he sponsored bills to allow family members of fallen and disabled veterans to attend college tuition-free, and recently received the Glenn Galbreath Spirit Award from the Northwest Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans.
Senator Hewitt also works closely with the Hispanic Community and has received the Dr. Pedro Celis FUERZA award. He is a member of the Washington Republican National Hispanic Assembly.
When the Legislature is not in session, Senator Hewitt resides in Walla Walla with his wife Cory, who manages the county fairgrounds. They have two grown sons.