Jay Robert Inslee is an American politician who has served as the 23rd governor of Washington since 2013. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 1995 and again from 1999 to 2012. Inslee was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2020 election. He suspended his campaign on August 21, citing extremely low poll numbers.
About Jay Inslee in brief
Jay Robert Inslee is an American politician who has served as the 23rd governor of Washington since 2013. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 1995 and again from 1999 to 2012. Inslee was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2020 election. He suspended his campaign on August 21, citing extremely low poll numbers. The next day, Inslee announced his intention to seek a third term as governor in the2020 election, which he won with 57% of the vote. He has garnered national attention for his critiques of President Donald Trump. He is a fifth-generation Washingtonian and his family is of English and Welsh descent. His father was a well-known high school counselor and football coach, teaching at Tenino High School, Garfield High School and Chief Sealth High School. He met his future wife, Trudi Tindall, at Ingraham during his sophomore year of high school. He and his wife were married on August 27, 1972. They have three sons: Connor, Jack, and Joseph, and a daughter, Tanya. He joined the law firm Schmalz & Fowler, Leadz, Fowler, Fowler & Fowler in Yakima, Washington, where he practiced law for 10 years. He became politically active in 1985, advocating for the construction of a new front-runner in the Yakima-Yakima Expressway. His opponent, former State Representative Jim Lewis, was the former mayor of Yakima and considered the front runner for governor in 1988.
He ran for office in 1988 after incumbent Jim Lewis left the office. He was elected to the House of Reps. in 1988 and served until 1993. In 1992, he became the first Democrat to represent Washington’s 4th congressional district, based around Central Washington. In 1994, he briefly returned to private legal practice. In 1996, he made his first run for governor, coming in fifth in the blanket primary ahead of the general election. In 2012, he defeated Republican Rob McKenna, the Attorney General of Washington, 54% to 46%. In 2016, he was reelected to a second term in 2016, defeating Republican Seattle Port Commissioner Bill Bryant, 54%, 46%. Inslee served as chair of the Democratic Governors Association for the 2018 election cycle. In 2018, he has emphasized climate change, education and drug policy reform. In 2013, he sued the Trump administration over Executive Order 13769, which halted travel for 90 days from seven Muslim-majority countries and imposed a total ban on Syrian refugees. The case, Washington v. Trump, led to the order being blocked by the courts, and other executive orders later superseded it. In 2014, he announced that he would make another run for the governorship in the 2012 election, he resigned from Congress to focus on his campaign. In 2015, he ran for governor again, this time for Washington’s 1st congressional district. In 2008, he won reelected six times.