Governor of Washington State
Jay Inslee is a fifth-generation Washingtonian who has lived and worked on both sides of the Cascades. He grew up in the Seattle area where his father, Frank, was a high school teacher and coach. His mother worked as a salesclerk at Sears & Roebuck. Jay 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. He and his wife, Trudi, then moved to Selah, a small town near Yakima where they raised their three sons. Jay worked as an attorney and prosecutor. From the shores of Puget Sound to the majesty of the Palouse, Washington is a beautiful state. The governor is working with leaders around the state to reduce air and water pollution and keep its neighborhoods great places to work and play.
Washington's Clean Air Rule went into effect in January 2017. The rule requires major sources of greenhouse gasses to limit and reduce carbon pollution and incentivize investments to reduce fossil fuel use and accelerate the adoption of clean energy. Washington is the first state to use its Clean Air Act authority to fight climate change and joins California and other states in New England in putting a price on carbon pollution. While attending the Paris Climate Conference in December 2015, the Governor announced a commitment to double the state’s commitment to Electric Vehicle deployment in the fleet to 20%. To date, the state has exceeded the goal for new vehicle acquisitions with Zero Emission vehicles comprising almost 30% of new purchases since the announcement. Washington remains among the top three states for ZEV penetration and the state is helping to lead that trend through its aggressive procurement policy.