Biography

Legislature:
  • House Education (2013–17, Ranking Member from 2014–17)
  • House Appropriations (2015–17)
  • House Technology & Economic Development (2013–17)
  • House Higher Education (2013–15)
  • House Rules (2013–15)
  • Quality Education Council (2013–15)
  • Career Education Opportunities Joint Legislative Task Force (2013–17)
  • Education Accountability System Oversight Committee (2013–17)
  • Joint Legislative Systems Committee (2013–17, Chair from 2014–16)
  • Technology Services Board (2013–17)
  • Joint Select Committee on Article IX Litigation (2014–17, Co-chair from 2015–17)
  • Legislative Task Force on School Siting (2015–16)
  • Governor's Work Group on Education Funding (2015–16)
  • Education Funding Task Force (2016–17)
  • Assistant Minority Floor Leader (2013–14)
Major legislation passed:
  • HB 2375 (Cybercrime) – Prime sponsor, speaker at NCSL 2016
  • HB 1813 (Computer Science Education) – Republican co-sponsor w/ Rep. Drew Hansen
  • HB 1472 (Computer Science) – Sponsored committee substitute w/ Rep. Drew Hansen
  • HB 1853 (Electric Vehicle Infrastructure) – Prime sponsor
  • SB 6248 (Coal Transition) – Republican co-sponsor of House companion bill
  • SB 6194 (Charter Schools) – Prime sponsor of House companion bill
  • HB 2382 (Alt. Routes to Teacher Certification) – Prime sponsor, amended in full to SB 6455 (Teacher Shortage)
  • SB 6245 (Near Vision Screening) – Prime sponsor of House companion bill
  • HB 2449 (Truancy Reduction) – Republican co-sponsor w/ Rep. Tina Orwall
  • SB 6195 (Basic Education Obligations) – Republican co-sponsor of House companion bill
  • HB 2443 (Economic Success Metrics) – Prime sponsor, passed as budget proviso
Community:
  • Elected as Issaquah School Board President in 2011
  • Elected as School Board Legislative Representative in 2009
  • Elected to WSSDA Legislative Committee in 2009 & 2011
  • Appointed NSBA Legislative Coordinator for Congressional District 8
  • Appointed to Washington Online Learning Advisory Committee
  • Treasurer and executive board member for Kiwanis Club of Issaquah
  • Coordinator for Stand for Children and Safe Roads for Issaquah PACs
  • 2009 Washington State PTA Outstanding Advocate
  • 2011 graduate of the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute
Career:
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering degree from Cornell
  • 12 years as a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy
  • 10 years as a full-time manager at Microsoft (over 20 patent awards)
  • 14 years as a software design consultant
  • Director of Product Development at Voter Science, LLC
Family:
  • Married for 29 years to wife Galen
  • Father of Quinn and Duncan, CS majors at MIT and University of Utah
  • 23 years living in the 5th Legislative District

Chad Magendanz (pronounced like Häagen-Dazs) served two terms as state representative for the 5th Legislative District, which comprises the eastern third of King County.  He was elected to caucus leadership his first year and served as ranking Republican on the House Education Committee and as a member of House Higher Education, Technology and Economic Development, Appropriations and Rules committees.  Previously, he served as the Issaquah School Board president and in leading roles of other regional and statewide education-related committees and boards.  In 2016 he challenged the Democrat incumbent senator in his district and received 49.7% of the vote, outperforming the Republican presidential nominee by 15%.

Chad has an Electrical and Computer Engineering degree from Cornell and served as a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy for 12 years. Having worked at Microsoft for over 20 years in various roles, he still contracts as a software design consultant for many local and international firms and now is the Director of Product Developement at Voter Science, LLC.  He and his wife Galen have lived on Tiger Mountain for 23 years and have two boys working on computer science degrees, a junior at MIT and freshman at the University of Utah.

How do you pronounce Magendanz?

sample imageWell, it rhymes with Häagen-Dazs, our favorite pseudo-Scandinavian ice cream company.  The origin of Magendanz is actually Luxembourgish, translating to "belly dance" (sic).  And if you're looking for a hidden agenda, you'll find it.  The word "agenda" is literally embedded right there in the name.

Any relation to the folks on Lake Wobegon?

sample imageChad's aunt Felice lived in Minnesota and was friends with folks who worked with Garrison Keillor on A Prairie Home Companion, so you'll regularly hear about the antics of the Magendanz family on Lake Wobegon, where "all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average."

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