Jay Inslee

Governor of Washington; Former U.S. Presidential Candidate

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. As the Governor of Washington, Inslee has focused his work on investing in both education and climate action. During his time he has designed a path forward for state government to reduce carbon pollution and improve energy independence, directed the Department of Ecology to develop a Clean Air Rule to cap carbon emissions to continue to reduce pollution and increased the accessibility and affordability of electric vehicles. Inslee draws upon his 14 years representing Washington in the U.S. House of Representatives to navigate state-level politics in his current role. Inslee announced his presidential candidacy in March of 2019, and suspended his run for the Democratic nomination in August 2019.

Inslee worked his way through college and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in economics before earning his law degree at Willamette University. In 2009 he wrote Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Energy Economy, a book that ties together the concepts of economic growth and greenhouse gas reductions with concrete examples.

Live Event Appearances

Podcast Guest Appearances

John Kerry, Gina McCarthy and Biden’s Climate Team

Joe Biden did not start out as the “climate candidate” – that was a title first claimed by Washington Governor Jay Inslee, one of  more than two dozen Democratic candidates jockeying for position in the early days of the 2020 presidential campaign.  When Inslee spoke on the Climate One stage in May of 2020, climate was top of mind for him. 

“Everybody’s got a to do list right on your refrigerator,” Inslee said. “This cannot be just on the next president's to do list, because if it's not job one, it won't get done.”