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Jay Robert Inslee (/ˈɪnzliː/; born February 9, 1951) is an American politician, author, and attorney serving as the 23rd governor of Washington. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Before being elected governor, Inslee served as a member of the United States House of Representatives and the Washington House of Representatives. Inslee has officially declared that he is running for the Democratic nomination for President in the 2020 election.
Raised in Seattle, Inslee graduated from the University of Washington and Willamette University College of Law. A politically active student, he became a criminal prosecutor after graduation. He served in the Washington House of Representatives from 1989 to 1993. In 1992, Inslee was elected to represent Washington's 4th congressional district, based around Central Washington, in the United States House of Representatives. Defeated for reelection in 1994, Inslee briefly returned to private legal practice. He made his first run for governor of Washington in 1996, coming in fifth in the blanket primary ahead of the general election, which was won by Democrat Gary Locke. Inslee then served as regional director for the United States Department of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton. [source]