Congressman , Washington’s First Congressional District
United States Congress
Co-author of Apollo's Fire - Igniting America’s Clean Energy Economy
Raised on the shores of Puget Sound, Jay Inslee comes from a long line of Washingtonians and wants to protect the state’s natural beauty for his three sons and generations to come.
He’s worked at the federal level – as representative for the 4th Congressional District from 1992-1994 and the 1st Congressional District since 1999 – to protect the environment of Washington state and address the problem of global warming.
He fought to restore protections for roadless areas in national forests and led a successful campaign in the House to keep limits on oil-tanker traffic in Puget Sound. Since 2005, Jay has used his seat on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee to promote his vision for a clean energy future, the New Apollo Energy Act, and to advance other legislation that would reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. In March 2007, he was appointed to the 15-member Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.
Beyond advocating sound environmental policies, Jay has used a common-sense approach in Congress to help expand the region’s high-tech economy, promote privacy protections for American consumers and strengthen programs for seniors like Social Security and Medicare.
Jay also has supported increased spending for port security and veterans’ services. He backed the war in Afghanistan to root out terrorists; but he voted against the war in Iraq and has been an outspoken critic of administration policies there.
Even before his election to the U.S. Congress, Jay was a public servant. He was a state legislator and prosecutor in Selah, Wash.
Jay holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Washington and earned his law degree from Willamette University. He’s been married to his high-school sweetheart, Trudi, since 1972. The couple has three grown children – Jack, Connor and Joe – who all live in Washington state.
Speaking in Clean Technology 2008.