Jesse L. Young

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Jesse L. Young
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Washington House of Representatives, District 26a
In office
January 17, 2014 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolTacoma’s Wilson High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Notre Dame
Place of birthBoise, ID
ProfessionSenior Business Technology Consultant
Office website
Campaign website
Jesse L. Young is a Republican member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 26a. He was appointed to the chamber on January 17, 2014, to fill the seat vacated by Jan Angel.[1]


Young earned his Bachelor's in Management Information Systems from Notre Dame. He was a systems consultant in Silicon Valley and then traveled around consulting. In 2007, he became the Senior Business Technology Consultant at Russell Investments.[2]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Young served on the following committees:

Washington Committee Assignments, 2015
Technology and Economic Development


Campaign themes


Young's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[3]


  • Excerpt: "The 26th District offers a diversity of job opportunities, and I’m committed to protecting and growing: Blue-collar, family-wage jobs that are supported by the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and the multitude of ancillary businesses in the surrounding areas."

Health Care

  • Excerpt: "We face significant challenges in providing access to affordable health care and insurance. I’m committed to addressing these. Obamacare is driving up insurance costs for many middle-income people, and for small business owners. There are a number of alternatives that will better meet the needs of citizens of the 26th District."


  • Excerpt: "Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has not always been a good steward of our hard-earned tax dollars. To keep our ferries and roads properly funded, we need a better-run and cost-effective transportation system."


  • Excerpt: "Last, but certainly not least, the State has fallen behind on K-12 achievement and we must catch up. This is crucial if our children are to compete in a global marketplace."



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 49 districts (98 seats) in the Washington House of Representatives took place in 2014. A blanket primary election took place on August 5, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 17, 2014. Incumbent Jesse L. Young (R) and Nathan Schlicher (D) defeated Bill Scheidler (R) in the primary. Young defeated Schlicher in the general election.[4][5][6]

Washington House of Representatives, District 26a General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJesse L. Young Incumbent 53.7% 26,391
     Democratic Nathan Schlicher 46.3% 22,763
Total Votes 49,154


See also: Washington's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Young ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Washington's 6th District. He was defeated in the open primary on August 7, 2012.

U.S. House, Washington District 6 Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDerek Kilmer (D) 53.4% 86,436
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Driscoll (R) 18.3% 29,602
Jesse Young (R) 11.2% 18,075
Doug Cloud (R) 8.8% 14,267
David (Ike) Eichner (R) 4.9% 7,966
Eric G. Arentz Jr. (I) 2.5% 4,101
Stephan Andrew Brodhead(R) 0.9% 1,387
Total Votes 161,834


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In 2014, the 63rd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 13 to March 14.[7]

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Missed Votes Report

See also: Washington House of Representatives and Washington State Senate

In March 2014, Washington Votes, the state’s premier legislative information website, released its annual Missed Votes Report, which provides detailed missed roll call votes on bills for every state legislator during the 2014 legislative session.[8] The 2014 regular session included a total of 515 votes in the State House and 396 in the State Senate, as well as 1,372 bills introduced total in the legislature and 237 bills passed. Out of all roll call votes, 90 individual legislators did not miss any votes. 3 individual legislators missed more than 50 votes.[8] Young missed 0 votes in a total of 513 roll calls.



In 2014, Young's endorsements included the following:[9]

  • Washington Housing Alliance Action Fund
  • NFIB
  • Pierce County Republican Party
  • Human Life Political Action Committee
  • State Senator Jan Angel, 26th District (R)
  • State Representative Tim Sheldon, 35th District (D)
  • State Representative Elizabeth Scott, 39th District (R)
  • Patty Lent, Bremerton Mayor
  • State Representative Drew MacEwen, 35th District, pos. 2 (R)
  • State Representative Hans Zeiger, 25th District (R)


Young and his wife, Jennie, live in Gig Harbor. They have five children.[2]

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