Jay Inslee was born in 1951 and is currently serving as the Governor of Washington. He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for U.S. President in 2020.
Inslee was elected as the 23rd Governor of Washington in 2012 and reelected in 2016. A lawyer by profession, Inslee ran successfully for a seat in the Washington House of Representatives in 1988. He served there until 1993, when he was elected to serve as the U.S. Representative for Washington’s 4th Congressional District.
After losing the reelection bid in 1994, Inslee served as a regional director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a President Clinton appointee. In 1998, he ran again for Congress, this time for Washington’s 1st Congressional District. He won the race and was reelected until 2012, when he decided to run for Governor.
Below is Governor Inslee’s record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.
In response to Israel’s decision to ban the entry of Democratic Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, Governor Inslee called the move “nothing more than state-sanctioned Islamophobia — and Donald Trump hurling racist attacks at his political enemies. Israel must allow Reps. [Rashida Tlaib] and [Ilhan Omar] to enter.”
Governor Inslee’s campaign has confirmed that he is willing to reenter the Iran nuclear deal. He reiterated his support for reentering the agreement with Iran during the first Democratic debate on June 26.
In July 2019, Inslee said that his only precondition to re-entering the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran is removing President Donald Trump from office: “Donald Trump tore up the agreement, not Iran. I see no reason why that cannot be reinstituted. Iran has not indicated in any way that they want to breach the agreement; it is Donald Trump who has created this crisis.”
Governor Inslee opposes the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and signed AJC’s Governors United Against BDS initiative.
Governor Inslee supports the two-state solution. He has argued that to have a simultaneously commitment to the security of Israel and a commitment to have a democratic Israel is very difficult if you don’t eventually end up with a two-state solution.
Governor Inslee supported and signed a bill that strongly encouraged schools in Washington to teach students about the Holocaust – a measure designed to counter the spike in hate crimes.
Criticized Israel’s decision to ban Omar and Tlaib: https://twitter.com/JayInslee/status/1162047756430536704
Supports Reentering the Iran nuclear deal https://thehill.com/policy/defense/439712-2020-dems-rebuke-trump-on-iran-say-theyd-put-us-back-in-nuclear-deal
Supports Reentering the Iran nuclear deal https://jewishinsider.com/2019/07/washington-gov-jay-inslee-blames-trump-not-iran-for-crisis/
Opposes the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement https://www.ajc.org/governors
Supports the two-state solution https://crooked.com/podcast/2020-jay-inslee-on-climate-change-and-beating-donald-trump/
Support for Holocaust education bill https://www.apnews.com/61e39ad631cd4640a73a23bc60b3939f
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