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GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE

Gov. Jay Inslee is a fifth-generation Washingtonian who grew up in the Seattle area and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in economics before earning his law degree at Willamette University. Inslee first served as a State Representative from Yakima before being elected to Congress where he served until 2012 when he was elected governor. During his time in Congress, Inslee became known as a forward-thinking leader, especially on issues of clean energy and climate change. He co-wrote a book, "Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean-Energy Economy," about the job-creating potential of the clean energy industry. Inslee has been a longtime proponent of net neutrality, having sponsored various amendments and legislation as early as 2006 when he served in Congress. This past March, Inslee signed legislation that made Washington the first in the nation to protect net neutrality at the state level. Governor Inslee and his wife, Trudi, are proud grandparents of three active young children. Besides writing and illustrating books for his grandchildren and sketching scenes from around Washington, Inslee is an avid cyclist and charter member of Hoopaholics.