Governor Jay Inslee first became involved in public service in 1985 when he and his wife, Trudi helped lead the effort to build a new public high school in Selah. Motivated to fight against proposed funding cuts for rural schools, Jay went on to represent the 14th Legislative District in the state House of Representatives. He continued serving communities in the Yakima Valley when he was elected to Congress in 1992. The Inslees later moved back to the Puget Sound area where he was elected to Congress in 1998, serving until 2012 when he was elected governor. He was re-elected in 2016.
- Designed a path forward for state government to reduce carbon pollution and improve energy independence with Executive Order 14-04
- Directed the Dept. of Ecology to develop a Clean Air Rule to cap carbon emissions to continue to reduce pollution in our state
- Increased the accessibility and affordability of electric vehicles
- Working with West Coast leaders in the Pacific Coast Collaborative and with leaders around the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- In the absence of federal leadership on climate issues, Inslee, in partnership with Gov. Jerry Brown and Andrew Cuomo, founded the U.S. Climate Alliance