Jay Inslee is a fifth generation Washingtonian, born in 1951 to Frank, a biology teacher at Garfield and Sealth high schools, and Adele, who worked as a sales clerk at Sears and Roebuck. Jay grew up in White Center. He played competitive sports, and after graduating from Ingraham High School, married his high school sweetheart, Trudi. Jay and Trudi then spent nearly 20 years working and raising their three sons in the Yakima Valley, and are now proud grandparents to three toddlers.
Jay first got into public service to fight for a new public high school in Selah in 1985. He then went on to represent the 14th legislative district in the state House of Representatives and in 1992 was elected to Congress from Eastern Washington. Jay later moved back to the Puget Sound area and was elected to Congress in 1998 where he served until 2012. He now serves as Washington's 23rd governor.
During his time living and representing people on both sides of the Cascades, Jay has worked successfully to open up trade opportunities for Washington agriculture and technology, helped protect thousands of Boeing workers' jobs, and created a robust jobs program to grow key industries from military and maritime to agriculture and aerospace.
As governor, Jay is providing forward-looking leadership that not only strengthens our current industries, but also grows a new economy based on the clean-energy jobs of the future. He's been focused on increasing funding for our schools and ensuring every child has access to an education that will help them be successful. And he's brought an innovative new focus to efficiency and transparency in state government.
Jay holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Washington and earned his law degree from Willamette University.