Jay Inslee

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


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

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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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Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

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.


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  • 21905 64th Avenue West, Suite 101, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043-2278
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  • 17791 Fjord Drive Northeast, Door 112, Poulsbo, WA 98370-8481
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  • Inslee for Congress, PO Box 33027, Seattle, WA 98133
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2008 Campaign Contact Information

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Inslee for Congress
PO Box 33027
Seattle, WA 98133

Phone: (206) 533-0575

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