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Jay Inslee currently serves the First Congressional district of Washington

Jay Robert Inslee, a Democrat, has represented the First Congressional District of Washington in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1998. (map)

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Inslee voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal



Born February 9, 1951 in Seattle, Washington, Insley graduated from the University of Washington (B.A., Economics) and Willamette University School of Law. After a decade working as an attorney in Selah, Washington, in 1988 Inslee was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives, where he served until 1992, when he was elected to the U.S. House representing the 4th district. He lost his bid for re-election in the Republican Revolution of 1994 (to Doc Hastings), a defeat often attributed in large part to his vote in favor of the assault weapons ban.

Inslee moved to western Washington and briefly resumed the practice of law before running for governor in 1996 and losing in the Democratic primary to Gary Locke. President Bill Clinton subsequently appointed him Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a position he shortly left to again run for Congress in 1998, this time in the First Congressional District against two-term incumbent Rick White. His campaign attracted national attention when he became the first Democratic candidate to air television ads attacking his opponent, and the Republican congressional leadership, for the impeachment of President Clinton. He narrowly won, with 49.8% to White's 44.1%, aided by the presence of a religious right third party candidate, Bruce Craswell.

Congressional Career

Though the First is historically a swing district (changing hands twice in the 1990s), Republicans have had a difficult time fielding a serious challenger to Inslee, who was re-elected in 2000 (54.6%), 2002 (55.6%), and 2004 (62.3%). In July 2003, after then-Governor Gary Locke announced his retirement, Inslee briefly flirted with a gubernatorial bid before deciding to remain in Congress.

Regarded by many as a Clintonian "New Democrat" when first elected, Inslee has accumulated a progressive voting record, and has been an outspoken critic of the Bush administration's decision to invade Iraq. He has been a supporter of the Apollo Alliance[1], an organization dedicated to alternative energy.[2]

2006 elections

In 2006, Republicans nominated Larry Wayne Ishmael to face Inslee in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [3] Inslee retained his seat.

Money in politics

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Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)


More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Jay Inslee. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
403 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-4701
Phone: 202-225-6311
Fax: 202-226-1606
Web Email

District Office- Mountlake Terrace:
21905 64th Avenue West, Suite 101
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043-2278
Phone: 425-640-0233
Fax: 425-776-7168

District Office- Poulsbo:
17791 Fjord Drive Northeast, Door 112
Poulsbo, WA 98370-8481
Phone: 360-598-2342
Fax: 360-598-3650


2008 Campaign Contact Information

Official Inslee for Congress campaign website

Inslee for Congress
PO Box 33027
Seattle, WA 98133

Phone: (206) 533-0575

Articles and resources

Local blogs and discussion sites

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
Leadership Position:
Committees Chaired:
Ranking Member On:

110th Congress
Leadership Position:
Committees Chaired:
Ranking Member On:

Committees: House Committee on Energy and Commerce, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, House Committee on Natural Resources, House Committee on Natural Resources/Subcommittee on National Parks Forests and Public Lands,
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 3, 1998
First Took Current Office:
January 6, 1999
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
US House of Representatives, 1992 - 1994,Washington House of Representatives, Regional Director, Department of Health & Human Services, Date Re-elected to the House: November 3, 1998,
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 21905 64th Avenue West, Suite 101, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043-2278
Phone: 425-640-0233 / Fax: 425-776-7168
2. 17791 Fjord Drive Northeast, Door 112, Poulsbo, WA 98370-8481
Phone: 360-598-2342 / Fax: 360-598-3650

Campaign Contact:

Webform Email: / Email:

Campaign Offices:

1. Inslee for Congress, PO Box 33027, Seattle, WA 98133
Phone: 206-533-0575 / Fax:

Zip Code Affiliations:

Date of Birth: February 9, 1951

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