Jay Inslee

Jay Inslee

Governor, Washington State

Jay Inslee (D) is the 23rd governor of Washington state and was a 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives.   

PERSONAL MOMENTS

1951

Jay Robert Inslee is born in Seattle

Inslee, the eldest of three boys, is born to Adele and Frank Inslee.

1969

Inslee begins studies at Stanford University.

Having recently graduated high school, Inslee received a draft deferment as he began his college studies.

1972

Inslee gets married.

Jay Inslee married his high school sweetheart, Trudi Tindall, on August 27, 1972.

1976

Graduates with his law degree from Willamette University

Inslee Willamette University School of Law, earning a Juris Doctor in 1976.

CAMPAIGN HISTORY

1985

Campaigning for new school construction

Jay Inslee becomes politically active while campaigning for construction of a new high school.

1988

Elected Washington state representative

Inslee wins an open seat with 52% of the vote.

1992

Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives

Inslee defeats Republican candidate Doc Hastings in a 51% to 49% victory,

1994

Defeated in U.S. House re-election bid

Inslee loses to Doc Hastings by a 4% margin in a re-match of the 1992 election.

1996

Defeated in Washington state gubernatorial primary

Inslee receives 10% of the primary vote and loses to eventual governor Gary Locke.

1999

Elected to U.S. House of Representatives

Inslee defeated opponent Rick White in a 49.8% to 44.1% race. He was reelected six times.

2012

Elected Governor of Washington

With 51% of the vote, Inslee was elected Governor of Washington – an office he holds to this day.

IN THE NEWS

Washington State Ballot Initiative Legalizes Recreational Cannabis

Ballot initiative legalizing recreational cannabis in Washington state.

Signed Bill — November 2012

Washington Passes Bill Banning Conversion Therapy for LGBTQ Youth

Legislation banning conversion therapy is passed by the Washington State legislature

Signed Bill — March 28, 2018

Inslee Signs Bill Nation’s First Public Healthcare Option Law

New law signed by Jay Inslee implemented the nation’s first public healthcare option law.

Signed Bill — May 13, 2019

Inslee Signs Bill Prohibiting Chokeholds, No-Knock Warrants, and Other Police Tactics

New law signed by Jay Inslee presents guidelines and guardrails for specific police tactics that may be employed.

Signed Bill — May 18, 2021

KEY FACTS

Service Dates: January 16, 2013 – Present

Party: Democrat

Age: 70

Associations:
Democratic Governor AssociationWashington State Democratic Party