Trudi was born and raised here in Washington State. She attended her neighborhood Seattle public schools including Ingraham High School where she and Jay met. During the summers, Trudi worked bagging fries at the local drive-in and did filing at an insurance company while Jay painted houses with his dad. Trudi attended WSU and studied political science and sociology while Jay was at the UW studying economics. They were married in 1972.
In 1976, Jay and Trudi moved to Selah in eastern Washington, just across the river from Yakima. Jay and Trudi loved their old farmhouse and raised their three boys and alfalfa on four acres surrounded by apple orchards. That's where Jay and Trudi got involved in the campaign to build a new high school, and it was there that Jay first decided to run for the state legislature so he could protect our rural schools from budget cuts.
Jay and Trudi moved back to western Washington in 1995 and have resided in Kitsap County ever since.
Over the years, Trudi has enjoyed volunteering in the boys' schools and with local non-profits that focus on the needs of women and children including NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Planned Parenthood, and Mothers Against Violence in America. As First Lady, Trudi has continued to focus on social service programs and organizations that provide services for women and children who are victims of sexual assault, homelessness, and hunger while also supporting early learning programs and healthcare for all.