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Jay Inslee
23rd Governor of Washington
Assumed office
January 16, 2013
Lieutenant Brad Owen
Preceded by Christine Gregoire
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1999 – March 20, 2012
Preceded by Rick White
Succeeded by Suzan DelBene
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by Sid Morrison
Succeeded by Doc Hastings
Member of the Washington House of Representatives
from the 14th district
In office
January 3, 1989 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Jim Lewis
Succeeded by Dave Lemmon
Personal details
Born Jay Robert Inslee
February 9, 1951 (1951-02-09) (age 68)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Political party Democratic Party
Alma mater University of Washington, Seattle
Willamette University
Religion Non-denominational Protestant

Jay Robert Inslee (born February 9, 1951) is an American politician, author, and attorney serving as the 23rd and current Governor of Washington since January 2013. He is a member of the Democratic Party.


Jay Inslee, official 109th Congress photo
Jay Inslee, official 109th Congress photo

Born in Seattle, Inslee graduated from the University of Washington and Willamette University College of Law. He served in the Washington House of Representatives from 1989 to 1993, and then represented WA's 4th congressional district, which included parts of the state around Yakima, in the United States House of Representatives from 1993 to 1995.

Defeated for re-election in 1994, Inslee returned to private practice, and then ran for governor in the 1996 election. Inslee then served as regional director for the United States Department of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton.

Inslee was elected back to the House of Representatives in 1998, this time for WA's 1st congressional district, which included Seattle's northern suburbs in King, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties. He was re-elected six times before announcing that he was running for governor again on June 27, 2011.

He resigned from Congress on March 20, 2012, in order to focus on his campaign. He defeated Republican Rob McKenna, the Attorney General of Washington, in the general election. Inslee was reelected to a second term in 2016.

Alongside State Solicitor General Noah Purcell, State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, and Judge James L. Robart, Governor Inslee played a major role in the nationwide halt on President Donald Trump's Executive Order 13769, in which a travel restriction was put in place on several countries. Trump's travel restriction halted travel for 90 days from 7 Muslim-majority countries, and a total ban on Syrian refugees entering the United States.

Inslee will serve as Chair of the Democratic Governors Association for the 2018 election cycle.

Personal life

Trudi Inslee

Inslee was born in Seattle, the son of a teacher and coach. He graduated from Seattle's Ingraham High School, the University of Washington (Bachelor of Arts, Economics), and Willamette University College of Law.

Inslee has attributed his interest in the outdoors to the years his parents spent leading student groups on wilderness conservation trips in cooperation with the SCA in Mount Rainier in the 1960s and 1970s. He practiced law for ten years in Selah, Washington, a city just north of Yakima.

Inslee and his wife Trudi were high school sweethearts, and were married on August 27, 1972. They have three sons, and live on Bainbridge Island.

Inslee is an avid basketball player and a member of "Hoopaholics", a charity group dedicated to "treatment of old guys addicted to basketball and who can no longer jump" as Inslee has often joked. In October 2009, he played basketball at the White House in a series of games featuring members of Congress on one team and members of the administration, including President Obama, on the other.

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