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Representative Terry Nealey

Washington State House of Representatives

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404 John L. O'Brien Building P.O. Box 40600
P.O. Box 40600
Olympia, Washington 98504-0600
(360) 786-7828


Terry Nealey was born in Walla Walla, Washington, and raised on a farm in Whitman County.

Graduated from Washington State University and participated in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) where he received honors as a Distinguished Military Graduate. Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and served as an officer in the military police in Maryland and Korea.

Following military service, Terry graduated Gonzaga Law School and became a member of the Washington State Bar Association in 1974.

Terry is a private practice attorney and has also worked as the Columbia County prosecuting attorney and coroner.
Terry and his wife, Jan, live in Dayton. They have two adult children, Keith and Kristin, and five grandchildren.

Gonzaga Law School, Spokane, WA; JD, graduated 1974
Washington State University, Pullman, WA; BA, graduated 1969
LaCrosse High School, graduated 1965

Washington State Bar Association
Walla Walla County Bar Association
Eastern District Federal Bar Association
National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
Walla Walla Valley Estate Planning Council, past president
Hells Canyon Bar Association

Distinguished Military Graduate, Washington State University Army ROTC
United States Army, Lieutenant, 1969 – 1971

State representative, 2009-present


  • Guardian of Small Business Award, National Federation of Independent Business  (NFIB) – 2012
  • Cornerstone Award, Association of Washington Business – 2012
  • Silver medal, Pan American Games (Basketball) – 2010
  • Gold medal, National Senior Games (Basketball) – 2007
  • Citizen of the Year, Dayton Chamber of Commerce – 2001

Columbia County Economic Development Steering Committee, founder
Blue Mountain Community Foundation, board of directors
First Christian Church of Dayton, board of trustees
Dayton Young Life, co-founder and committee member
Dayton Chamber of Commerce, member, past president, past board member
Dayton Kiwanis Club, member, past president
Touchet Valley Golf Course, member, past board member
Dayton Task Force, member, past board member
Columbia County Courthouse Renovation Committee, member
Washington State Cattlemen’s Association, associate member
Washington Association of Wheat Growers, associate member
Columbia County Farm Bureau, member
Rep. Nealey and his law-firm partner, Scott Marinella, donated the Liberty Theater in Dayton to the Touchet Valley Arts Council, a non-profit organization.
Olympia office (January - March)