Meet Jay

Building a new economy for Washington and standing up for the middle class

  • Jay has been a leader in a range of innovative new industries. He’s worked to save Internet radio, strengthened intellectual property rights for Washington’s software companies, and has been recognized for his leadership in life sciences/biotech by the Biotechnology Industry Organization.
  • Long before others, Jay recognized that clean energy is the new economic frontier, and even wrote a book, Apollo’s Fire – Igniting America’s Clean Energy Economy, that Bill Clinton called a comprehensive field guide for our clean energy future. He’s fought for investments in innovative energy sources such as biofuels, solar, and wind, and has helped businesses across Washington produce and consume clean energy, creating jobs here at home.
  • While serving as a congressman in the Yakima Valley, Jay worked to open up trade for Washington apple growers, successfully helping lift a 23-year ban on trade into Japan.
  • When Boeing workers faced unfair foreign competition for the recent Air Force tanker contract, Jay drafted the amendment that leveled the playing field and helped save thousands of Boeing jobs.
  • More than a decade ago, when Congress voted to deregulate Wall Street banks and eliminate safeguards that had been in place since the Depression, Jay was one of only 57 members who stood up to special interests and voted NO.
  • In 2008, when Congress was pressured into passing an $800 billion bailout of the Wall Street banks at taxpayer expense, Jay again bucked his party leadership, stood up to special interests, and voted NO.


Preserving Washington’s quality of life and protecting our forward-thinking values

  • Jay has worked to protect the beauty and natural resources that make Washington famous by successfully preventing dangerous oil tankers from trafficking the Puget Sound. He co-sponsored the Wild Sky Wilderness Act which protected 16,000 acres of forest in Snohomish County, and advocated for the Hanford Reach, the last free-flowing section of the Columbia River, to be treated as a wildlife refuge.
  • Jay has supported our Roadless Areas, and introduced legislation aimed at permanently protecting 58.5 million acres of pristine wilderness areas in national forests.
  • When oil company lobbyists were fighting to expand drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Jay was one of the strongest voices for protecting that pristine land.
  • Jay has consistently fought to protect women’s constitutional right to choose, standing in staunch opposition to the Republican leadership’s anti-choice agenda, including their efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. He’s been a champion for increasing access to family planning and reproductive-health care services for all women, including Pap smears, cancer screenings and emergency contraception.
  • Jay supports marriage equality. He voted to strengthen hate crime laws and co-sponsored the Respect for Marriage Act, legislation which sought to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.


Building a better future for every child

  • Jay and his wife, Trudi, successfully helped lead efforts to build a new high school in Selah, a small town in the Yakima Valley where they raised their three sons.
  • Jay has long supported early learning programs that are proven to improve student success, including support for the 1989 Children’s Initiative Act, one of Washington State’s earliest efforts to drive investments in early education. Jay has consistently supported expanding Head Start and other programs that set up our youngest learners for success.
  • Jay supported the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act to improve and expand access to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
  • Jay has consistently fought efforts to cut education funding, including efforts that would have reduced federal funding for schools near military bases, class size reduction and school construction.
  • Whether it’s helping students get into an apprenticeship program or earn an engineering degree, Jay has long supported increasing financial aid and funding for community, vocational and four-year college programs that help train students for good-paying jobs.