Jay Inslee is an American politician, author and attorney serving as the 23rd and current Governor of Washington since January 2013. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
Born in Seattle, Inslee graduated from the University of Washington and Willamette University College of Law. He served in the Washington House of Representatives from 1989 to 1993 and then represented Washington’s 4th congressional district, which included parts of the state around Yakima, in the United States House of Representatives from 1993 to 1995.
Defeated for re-election in 1994, Inslee returned to private practice and then ran for governor in the 1996 election, coming fifth in the blanket primary ahead of the general election, which was won by Democrat Gary Locke. Inslee then served as regional director for the United States Department of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton.