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Jay Inslee

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 1st district
Assumed office 
January 3, 1999
Preceded by Rick White

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

Born February 9, 1951 (1951-02-09) (age 59)
Seattle, Washington
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Trudi Inslee
Residence Selah, Washington (1978-c.1996)
Bainbridge Island, Washington (c. 1996-present)
Alma mater University of Washington, Willamette University
Occupation attorney
Religion Non-denominational Protestant

Jay Robert Inslee (born February 9, 1951) is a Democratic American politician, currently serving as U.S. Representative from Washington's 1st congressional district. The district includes many of Seattle's northern suburbs in King, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties. Inslee and his wife Trudi were high school sweethearts and have been married since August 27, 1972. They have three sons, Jack, Connor, and Joe, and live on Bainbridge Island. [1]

Born in Seattle, he graduated from Seattle's Ingraham High School and the University of Washington (B.A., Economics) and Willamette University College of Law. After practicing law for ten years in Selah, a suburb of Yakima, Inslee ran for the Washington House of Representatives in 1988 after the state legislature undermined a school bond that he had worked to pass after years of failure.[2] Inslee was elected and served until 1992, when he ran for and was elected to the United States Congress representing Washington's 4th Congressional District in the central part of the state, a rural, agricultural-based constituency. In Congress Inslee passed the Yakima River Enhancement Act,[3] a bill long held up in Congress by brokering a breakthrough with irrigators and wildlife advocates. He also helped to open Japanese markets to American apples, and fund and oversee the nation's biggest nuclear waste site at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Washington.[4] He lost his bid for re-election in the Republican Revolution of 1994 in a rematch against his 1992 opponent, Doc Hastings, a defeat often attributed in large part to his vote for the 1994 federal ban on semi-automatic firearms.[5]

Inslee moved to Bainbridge Island, and briefly resumed the practice of law before running for governor in 1996 and losing in the primary to Gary Locke. President Bill Clinton subsequently appointed him regional director for the Department of Health and Human Services, a position he left to run again for Congress in 1998, this time in the 1st congressional district against two-term incumbent Rick White. His campaign attracted national attention when he became the first Democratic candidate to air television ads attacking his opponent, and the Republican congressional leadership, for the impeachment of President Clinton. [6] Inslee won with 49.8% of the vote to White's 44.1%; his success was aided by the conservative third party candidacy of Bruce Craswell, husband of 1996 GOP gubernatorial nominee Ellen Craswell.

After his first term back in Congress, Inslee was awarded a "Friend of the National Parks" award by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) in 2001 for his support of legislation protecting the integrity and quality of the National Park Service. [7]

Though Washington's first district is historically a swing district (becoming Democratic in 1993, Republican in 1995, and Democratic again in 1999), the growing Democratic trend west of the Cascades has enabled Inslee to strengthen his hold on the district. He has been reelected with a higher percentage of the vote in each of his races, earning 54.6% in 2000, 55.6% in 2002, 62.3% in 2004, and 67.7% in 2006. In July 2003, after then-Governor Gary Locke announced his retirement, Inslee briefly flirted with a gubernatorial bid before deciding to remain in Congress. [8]

Inslee was the first public figure to propose an Apollo-like energy program with an op ed in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on December 19, 2002, and a series of similar pieces in other publications. Eventually Inslee co-authored Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean Energy Economy, in which he argues that through improved federal policies the United States can wean itself off of its dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuel, create millions of green-collar jobs, and stop global warming. Along these lines, he has been a prominent supporter of the Apollo Alliance.[9]

Inslee has attributed his interest in the outdoors and National Parks to the years his parents spent leading student groups on wilderness conservation trips in cooperation with the NPCA in Mount Rainier National Park in the 1960s and 1970s. [10]

Though a member of the Clintonian New Democrat Coalition,[11] Inslee has accumulated a progressive voting record and expertise on high-tech issues.[12] He has been an outspoken critic of the Bush administration's decision to invade Iraq. On July 31, 2007, Inslee introduced legislation that called for an inquiry to determine whether former United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should be impeached. Gonzales eventually resigned.[13] Inslee sits on the Resources Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee. He has been touted as a leading candidate for Secretary of the Interior and for Secretary of Energy in the Obama administration.[14][15]

Jay Inslee is an avid basketball player and a member of "Hoopaholics",[16] a charity group dedicated to "treatment of old guys addicted to basketball and who can no longer jump" as Inlsee 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.[17]


Committee assignments


Date Position Status Opponent Result Vote share Opponent vote share
1988 WA Representative Elected
1990 WA Representative Incumbent Re-elected
1992 U.S. Representative Open seat Doc Hastings (R) Elected 51% 49%
1994 U.S. Representative Incumbent Doc Hastings (R) Defeated 47% 53%
1996 WA Governor Open seat primary Gary Locke (D), others Defeated
1998 U.S. Representative Challenger Rick White (R) Elected 50% 44%
2000 U.S. Representative Incumbent Dan McDonald (R) Re-elected 55% 43%
2002 U.S. Representative Incumbent Joe Marine (R) Re-elected 56% 41%
2004 U.S. Representative Incumbent Randy Eastwood (R) Re-elected 62% 36%
2006 U.S. Representative Incumbent Larry W. Ishmael (R) Re-elected 68% 32%
2008 U.S. Representative Incumbent Larry W. Ishmael (R) Re-elected 68% 32%


  1. ^ Biography Page.
  2. ^ PVS Biography.
  3. ^ HR 1690, 103rd Congress, Library of Congress bill page.
  4. ^ Inslee Sticks To Campaign Game Plan -- Message Attempts To Boost His Profile, Sept 3, 1996.
  5. ^ THE STATE'S DEMOCRATIC HOUSE MEMBERS PACK UP, PONDER FUTURE, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, November 16, 1994.
  6. ^ Candidates Are Held Hostage by Scandal, Washington Post, October 11, 1998.
  7. ^ Friend of the National Parks Award Winners, National Parks Conservation Association, February 15, 2001
  8. ^ Inslee Won't Run For Governor, Joel Connelly, Seattle Post Intelligencer , September 8, 2003.
  9. ^ Inslee articles at the Apollo Alliance web page
  10. ^ Putting Parents Before Pollsters, Alicia Mundy, May 9, 2007
  11. ^ New Democrat Coalition membership
  12. ^ Inslee bill would push FCC on 'white space', Seattle Times "Tech Tracks" blog, Benjamin Romano, Marc 20, 2007
  13. ^ Associated Press, Bill calls for Gonzales impeachment inquiry, Los Angeles Times, August 1, 2007
  14. ^ Inslee For Interior Secretary? Seattle Times, October 31, 2008
  15. ^ Obama's Energy Department Newsweek/Washington Post EnergyWire, Steve Mufson, November 6, 2008
  16. ^ "Flashback | Political football now Inslee's game, Seattle Times, Sept. 4, 2007.
  17. ^ [1]

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Sid Morrison
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Doc Hastings
Preceded by
Rick White
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 1st congressional district


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