|Governor of Washington|
|January 16, 2013-present|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Christine Gregoire (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|1993-1995; 1999-March 10, 2012|
|Washington House of Representatives|
|City prosecutor, Selah, Washington|
|High school||Ingraham High School, Washington|
|Bachelor's||University of Washington|
|J.D.||Willamette University School of Law|
|Other||Stanford University (did not earn degree)|
|Date of birth||February 9, 1951|
|Place of birth||Seattle, Washington|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 On The Issues Vote Match
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Personal
- 8 State profile
- 9 Recent news
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
Inslee narrowly defeated Rob McKenna in the 2012 general election. Due to the closeness of the race, McKenna did not concede until November 9. It was the first gubernatorial race in state history that was exclusively vote-by-mail.
Prior to becoming governor, Inslee was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Washington's 1st Congressional District from 1999 until his resignation March 10, 2012 in order to focus his energies on his 2012 bid for governor.
Inslee co-authored the 2007 book Apollo's Fire, which called for a clean energy economic revolution. He has made clean energy his dominant issue. The first bill he signed as governor was a climate bill aimed at meeting greenhouse gas emission limits that were passed in 2008.
Inslee was born in Seattle, Washington. He attended Stanford University from 1969 to 1970, earned his B.A. from the University of Washington in 1972, and earned a J.D. from Willamette University School of Law in 1976.
- Bachelor's degree in economics - University of Washington
- Juris Doctor - Willamette University School of Law
Inslee went into private practice before pursuing his political career.
- 2013-present: Governor of Washington
- 1999-2012: U.S. House of Representatives, Washington's 1st Congressional District
- 1997-1998: Regional director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- 1996: Unsuccessful run for Governor of Washington
- 1993-1995: U.S. House of Representatives, Washington's 4th Congressional District
- 1988-1992: Washington House of Representatives
- 1976-1984: City prosecutor, Selah, Washington
Governor of Washington (2013-present)
Inslee was elected Governor of Washington in 2012, following a very close and heated race. During the election, Inslee focused on issues such as job creation, infrastructure improvement and education.
Response to Troy Kelley federal investigation
- See also: State Auditor recall, Washington (2015)
Inslee called for the resignation of Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley (D) in April 2015 following his indictment on 10 charges including possession of stolen property.
Kelley and department employee Jason JeRue became entangled in a federal grand jury investigation into past business dealings in March 2015. A subpoena issued by the jury on March 5 sought emails between Kelley and JeRue related to Post Closing Department, an escrow firm previously owned by Kelley accused of withholding $1.2 million in refunds from a former client. Kelley denied any connection to the firm's actions and agreed to a settlement to resolve the case in 2011. Federal treasury agents searched Kelley's home as part of the investigation on March 16. Gov. Jay Inslee (D) called on Kelley to recuse himself from official duties dealing with the case but did not ask for his resignation. State Sen. Mark Miloscia (R) asked for greater transparency, saying, "The people and voters of this state deserve an explanation so we can understand the reason for these events and be able to make our own decisions about what it means or choose to investigate further. This must happen very quickly if we’re going to keep public trust in our government." On May 4, JeRue was fired from the agency after several weeks of unpaid leave.
Kelley's office handed over 53 emails from his office email account sent between January 1 and March 19, though none of these emails involved JeRue. State Rep. Dan Kristiansen (R) expressed skepticism that Kelley and JeRue had not maintained contact given their longstanding friendship, saying, "You'd think there would be communiques they exchange in the course of operations, the way we all live now." Kelley and JeRue met in the late 1990s and the auditor hired JeRue as a part-time technical writer following his election in 2012.
Grand jury indictment
- See the full text of the indictment here
On April 16, 2015, the federal grand jury indicted Kelley on 10 charges including possession of stolen property, four counts of false declaration and attempted obstruction of civil lawsuit related to his tenure as owner of Post Closing Department. The indictment also concluded that Kelley hid $2,581,653 in funds from the Internal Revenue Service. Kelley pleaded not guilty to the charges but announced in a statement that he would take a leave of absence on May 1 to mount his legal defense. Kelley ultimately took his unpaid leave from office starting May 4. Gov. Inslee made the following statement after announcement of the indictment:
This indictment today makes it clear to me that Troy Kelley cannot continue as state auditor. He should resign immediately. An appointee can restore confidence in the office and assure the public that the Office of the State Auditor will operate at the high standards required of the post. 
—The Seattle Times, (2015) 
Kelley appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Leighton on May 8. If Kelley resigns, Inslee would appoint a replacement though the length of an appointee's term would depend on the timing of the resignation. The first day to file declarations of candidacy for Washington's 2015 elections was May 11. A resignation prior to May 11 would have triggered a special election in November 2015 for the remainder of Kelley's term ending January 2017. A resignation after May 11 would mean Inslee's appointee would serve until the next general election in November 2016. Kelley would be forced by state law to resign office if he is convicted of a felony.
Calls for resignation
Within 24 hours of Kelley's indictment, high-ranking officials called for his resignation including Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D), State Treasurer Jim McIntire (D), Secretary of State Kim Wyman (R) and the state Democratic Party. These calls for resignation are due in part to the difficulty of impeaching or recalling a statewide official. The state constitution allows for impeachment of state executive officials with a majority of the Washington House of Representatives and two-thirds of the Washington State Senate based on charges of high crimes, misdemeanors or malfeasance. A conviction on a felony charge qualifying as a high crime or misdemeanor would lead to Kelley's resignation. The malfeasance clause only deals with actions taken in office while the federal indictment covers Kelley's pre-election career.
State legislators propose "leave of absence" appointment rule
State Reps. Drew Stokesbary (R) and Drew MacEwen (R) introduced House Bill 2249 on April 28, in hopes of expanding the governor's power to replace absent elected officials. HB 2249 would allow the governor to appoint a full-time replacement for any elected official who has taken a leave of absence unrelated to medical issues or military duties. This proposal would expand appointment powers beyond the high crimes, misdemeanor or malfeasance requirements for replacement.
On February 11, 2014, Governor Inslee suspended the death penalty in Washington by issuing stays of execution to its nine death row prisoners. He is not issuing pardons or commuting any sentences as part of this suspension.
In a statement, the governor's office explained Inslee's reasoning. "Inslee said it is clear to him that use of capital punishment is inconsistent and unequal, and it’s time to have a conversation about ensuring equal justice under the law. 'Equal justice under the law is the state’s primary responsibility. And in death penalty cases, I’m not convinced equal justice is being served.'"
U.S. House of Representatives (1999-2012)
- House Energy and Commerce Committee
- Subcommittee on Energy and Power
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Inslee is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Inslee received a score of 66 percent on social issues and 15 percent on economic issues. Note: We are working to resolve inaccuracies with this information. Thank you for your patience.
- See also: Washington gubernatorial election, 2012
Inslee was elected Governor of Washington in the 2012 election. He finished first in the August 7th blanket primary and narrowly defeated Republican attorney general Rob McKenna in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012. Due to the closeness of the race, Inslee was not declared the winner for three days after the polls closed. McKenna conceded the election on the evening of November 9, 2012.
|Governor of Washington General Election, 2012|
|Election Results via Washington Secretary of State.|
|Governor of Washington, Primary, 2012|
|No Party Preference||Christian Joubert||0.7%||10,457|
|Independent||L. Dale Sorgen||0.7%||9,734|
|Republican||Javier O. Lopez||0.4%||6,131|
|Election Results via Washington Secretary of State (dead link)'|
Inslee outlined his priorities and plans for the governorship on his official campaign website. Key issues include, but are not limited to:
Excerpt: "As governor, I will rebuild our public education system where we are currently falling short and expand on those things that we’re doing right. This is a plan based on data and evidence of what works, not on ideology." Download Inslee's education plan in pdf.
Excerpt: "Investing in transportation infrastructure creates needed construction jobs today, lays the foundation for the job growth of tomorrow and keeps Washington competitive in an internationally competitive world. It is a legacy we leave future generations."
- Health care reform
On September 20th, Inslee's campaign released a policy paper that laid out his plans to include Washington in the voluntary Medicaid expansion provided by the federal government under Obamacare. Taking an opposite stance from critics of the landmark federal healthcare law, the majority of whom are Republican and believe the medicaid expansion will add inordinate expense to states' already cumbersome health care bills, Inslee's paper discusses how the expansion could actually help heal financial woes for states that struggle to cover the costs incurred by medicaid patients. Although participating states will increase their enrollment, Inslee asserts that the added cost will be more than offset by the associated federal funding they will receive in the short-run. If elected, he wants to curb childhood obesity at the school cafeteria level, and implement an incentive-based plan for improving care and management, especially regarding chronic medical conditions, wherein providers are paid in proportion to treatment outcomes and quality.
|Jay Inslee v. Rob McKenna|
|Poll||Jay Inslee (D)||Rob McKenna (R)||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
|Public Policy Polling|
February 16-19, 2012
May 8-9, 2012
June 13-16, 2012
|Public Policy Polling|
June 14-17, 2012
|SurveyUSA/KING 5 News|
|SurveyUSA/KING 5 News|
|Rasmussen Reports Poll|
(September 26, 2012)
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to|
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Money in the race
Inslee's top financial support in the 2012 governor's race is from Our Washington, a PAC composed of labor groups and the Democratic Governor's Association which raised $7.9 million to fund Inslee's campaign as well as an independent campaign to defeat Republican Rob McKenna. A large portion of the independent expenditures went to negative advertising against McKenna, whose own top donor, the Republican Governor's Association, gave $11.38 million to the opposing cause.
|Jay Inslee Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|First Report||July 17, 2012||$0.00||$826,300.17||$(1,398,987.10)||$2,801,491.26|
|Pre-Primary Report||July 31, 2012||$2,801,491.26||$255,788.41||$(596,331.44)||$2,461,553.23|
|Post-Primary Report||September 11, 2012||$2,461,553.23||$1,229,101.43||$(412,053.13)||$3,374,034.26|
|First General||October 16, 2012||$3,374,034.26||$2,125,043.02||$(4,342,010.21)||$1,157,067.07|
|U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Washington, Congressional District 1, 2010|
|Democratic||Jay Inslee Incumbent||57.7%||172,642|
Comprehensive donor information for Inslee is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Inslee raised a total of $20,614,098 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 7, 2013.
|Jay Inslee's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Governor of Washington||$12,469,895|
|2010||U.S. House (Washington, District 1)||$1,403,962|
|2008||U.S. House (Washington, District 1)||$1,033,928|
|2006||U.S. House (Washington, District 1)||$883,376|
|2004||U.S. House (Washington, District 1)||$933,222|
|2002||U.S. House (Washington, District 1)||$1,433,746|
|2000||U.S. House (Washington, District 1)||$2,009,409|
|1996||Governor of Washington||$446,560|
|Grand Total Raised||$20,614,098|
Inslee won election to the position of Governor of Washington in 2012. During that election cycle, Inslee raised a total of $12,469,895.
|Governor of Washington 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Jay Inslee's campaign in 2012|
|Washington State Democratic Party||$2,764,203|
|Washington Education Association||$5,700|
|Paul J. Berendt||$5,030|
|Mary Beth Gemperle||$4,529|
|Total Raised in 2012||$12,469,895|
|Total Votes received in 2012||1,582,802|
|Cost of each vote received||$7.88|
|Source:Follow the Money|
|U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, 1st District, 2010 - Jay Inslee Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$351,477|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$339,770|
|Top contributors to Jay Inslee's campaign committee|
|Puget Holding Co||$17,304|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Jackson paid his congressional staff a total of $962,114 in 2011. Overall, Washington ranks 18th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.
According to an analysis by CNN, Inslee was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Inslee's staff was given an apparent $14,791.31 in bonus money.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Inslee's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $106,023 to $541,000. That averages to $323,511.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.
Voting with party
Inslee voted with the Democratic Party 91.4 percent of the time, which ranked 128 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.
Inslee and his wife, Trudi, have three children and one grandchild.
Washington's population in 2014 was 7,061,530 according to the United States Census Bureau. This estimate represented a 5 percent increase from the bureau's 2010 estimate. The state's population per square mile was 101.2 in 2010, exceeding the national average of 87.4.
Washington experienced a 0.3 percent increase in total employment from 2011 to 2012 based on census data, falling below the 2.2 percent increase at the national level during the same period.
Washington exceeded the national average for residents who attained at least bachelor's degrees based on census data from 2009 to 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 31.9 percent of Washington residents aged 25 years and older attained bachelor's degrees compared to 28.8 percent at the national level.
The median household income in Washington was $59,478 between 2009 and 2013 compared to a $53,046 national median income. Census information showed a 14.1 percent poverty rate in Washington during the study period compared to a 14.5 percent national poverty rate.
Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.
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- The Olympian, "It's over: McKenna concedes to Inslee in gov's race," November 9, 2012
- The Olympian, "McKenna, Inslee campaigns don't expect winner tonight," November 6, 2012
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- The Seattle Times, "Auditor Troy Kelley indicted by feds, pleads not guilty," April 16, 2015
- SFGate, "Auditor Troy Kelley says unpaid leave will start Monday," April 28, 2015
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Christine Gregoire (D)
|Governor of Washington
| Succeeded by|
|U.S. House of Representatives - Washington, District 1
| Succeeded by|
Suzanne Bonamici (D)
|U.S. House of Representatives - Washington, District 4
| Succeeded by|
|Washington House of Representatives
| Succeeded by|
|City prosecutor, Selah, Washington
| Succeeded by|
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