Governor Jay Inslee is a fifth generation Washingtonian and grew up in the Puget Sound area. After graduating from Ingraham High School, Jay 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 of three.
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 represent the 4th Congressional District in 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.
As governor, Jay is working hard to build a stronger economy and a better future for every Washington family – and making real progress. He has made historic improvements in early learning and K-12 education, including expanding all-day kindergarten and lowering class sizes for K-3. He steadfastly pushed for, and passed a much needed bipartisan transportation measure that will create 200,000 jobs as it improves and widens roadways, repairs bridges, and adds ferries and mass transit. And when faced with tragedy that cost lives and damaged livelihoods, Governor Inslee worked to quickly rebuild economic lifelines like the Skagit River Bridge after it collapsed and SR 530 after the landslide, helping to rejuvenate our communities as quickly as possible.