Maureen Walsh owns Onion World Restaurant located in downtown Walla Walla, and home of the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Sausage. She lives in College Place and has three grown children – Shauna, Patrick and Murphy.
Maureen has a degree in Commercial Art from the University of Cincinnati.
Maureen has served as state representative since 2005. Before that, she served the 16th District as a legislative aide to Dave Mastin.
Representative Walsh sits on three House committees: Early Learning and Human Services; Higher Education; and Technology and Economic Development.
She also serves on the Legislative Executive Work First Oversight Committee, the Children’s Legislative Oversight Committee and the Washington Institute for Public Policy Board of Directors.
Maureen serves as a member of the “Thrive By Five” board, a nonprofit public-private partnership that “works to ensure that all children in Washington are ready to succeed in school and life.”
Maureen is an annual donor to the St. Mary’s Hopital Gran Fondo local cancer fund, and cooks Walla Walla Sweet Onion Sausages for all of the participants.
Maureen’s legislative priorities include creating and preserving jobs, addressing agriculture and water needs; making health care more affordable, preparing students for a changing economy and holding government agencies accountable. She believes these priorities can be addressed while protecting seniors and our most vulnerable citizens with disabilities. Maureen strongly supports early learning programs that empower young parents, and expanding early education opportunities to rural areas in our state.
In 2009, she was honored by the Foster Parents of Washington State as an “Elected Official of the Year.”
In 2010 and 2012, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) selected Maureen as a “Guardian of Small Business” for her perfect pro-small-business voting record.
Also in 2012, she received the “Silver Crayon Award” from the Early Learning Action Alliance and the “Friend of the Farm Bureau” award from the Washington State Farm Bureau.