Jay Inslee

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


Equal Rights Washington

American Federation of Teachers of Washington

Washington Conservation Voters





service dates

January 16, 2013 - Present



Personal Moments


Jay Robert Inslee is born in Seattle

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


Inslee begins his studies at Stanford University.

Having recently graduated high school, Inslee begins college studying medicine but is forced to drop out.


Inslee gets married.

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


Graduates with his law degree from Willamette University

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

Campaign History


Campaigning for new school construction

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


Elected Washington state representative

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


Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives

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


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.


Defeated in Washington state gubernatorial primary

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


Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives

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


Elected Governor of Washington

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

Candidate Positions

Climate Change

Focused on systemic inequality, one of Inslee’s primary concerns is how climate change disproportionately impacts lower-income communities. He has been committed to transitioning from using fossil fuels to using 100% clean energy, with the goal of first helping the communities most affected by climate change's negative effects.

Healthcare Access

Inslee’s take on healthcare is that it is a fundamental right and that it should both be accessible and affordable to all. As such he has been a strong advocate for care benefit programs for seniors, expansion of healthcare coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, and has pushed for the reformation of the mental health system among other things.

Social Security

Inslee believes that everyone should be protected against economic insecurity and unemployment, and has therefore supported initiatives such as increasing the minimum wage, affording paid sick leave for all workers, as well as paid family leave, and since COVID, protection for frontline workers.

Legislative News

May 18, 2021

Signed Bill

Governor 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, such as prohibiting chokeholds and neck restraints.

May 13, 2019

Signed Bill

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 which offers more affordable coverage options.

March 28, 2018

Signed Bill

Washington Passes Bill Banning Conversion Therapy for LGBTQ Youth

- Legislation banning conversion therapy is passed by the Washington State legislature that aims to protect LGBTQ youth.

November 2012

Signed Bill

Washington State Ballot Initiative Legalizes Recreational Cannabis

- Ballot initiative legalizing recreational cannabis in Washington state for adults over 21. The bill also taxes marijuana-related products and designates the revenue for substance-abuse prevention and education as well as for healthcare.

Key Issues:

Climate Change

Healthcare Access

Social Security