Dan Maher served as a delegate for Bernie Sanders at the County level and endorses Bernie Sanders platform, including income and wealth inequality, support of education and affordable access to higher education, a living wage, combating climate change, racial justice, affordable health care, and election finance reform. For the 12th Legislative District of Washington State, his focus is on the practical considerations of Education, Jobs in a Rural economy, and Social Justice. 


Hi, I’m Dan Maher and I want to serve you as your state representative in Olympia. I grew up in a family dedicated to public service as my Grandfather and Father both served in the North Dakota State Legislature. I spent many evening hours around the kitchen table listening to the issues that affected the people of North Dakota, developing a deep belief that our country was at its best when we helped one another to succeed.

I grew up in Bowman, North Dakota, a part of our country much like North Central Washington, with hunting and fishing just out the back door. It was there on my Grandfather’s cattle ranch that I learned the value and satisfactions of hard work and a job well done.

In 1987, I earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Math Education form Dickinson State University (DSU) where I played offensive tackle for the conference champion Bluehawks and was awarded All-American status in track and field. I am honored to be a three time DSU Hall of Fame inductee.

After graduating from DSU I was offered a position as a math teacher and coach in Waterville WA, followed by a position in Cathlamet, WA, where I met my wife Shannon. In 1990 I pursued a Master’s in Education from Portland State University where became involved in Information Technology which led me to becoming Co-Founder of a startup telecommunications company now known as XO Communications.

As a man with a young family I wanted my children to grow up in rural America. To learn and share in the same values I was given as a child, leading us to Bowman where we raised our five children. When the time came for my wife to return to her career at the Bonneville Power Administration we moved back to Washington State where I started an IT consulting company. Shortly thereafter we settled in Wenatchee where I returned to my teaching career as a Math instructor at Wenatchee Valley College and work for Fastnet Security as an IT professional.  My oldest daughter is a student at WSU. My middle three of my five children have graduated from Wenatchee High School, where they had privilege to participate in the amazing extra-curricular activities offered by the school district.  My youngest daughter is going to be a seventh grader.  

I firmly believe that no one achieves great things alone. I built a business, but I didn’t do it alone. I raised a wonderful family, but I didn’t do it alone. Please join me with your support as we make North Central Washington an even better place to live for us all. Thank you.