Summary

Jay Inslee was born in 1951 and is currently serving as the Governor of Washington.

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.

Governor Inslee’s campaign has confirmed that he is willing to reenter the Iran nuclear deal.

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.

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