u 2010 Washington General Election

Jay Inslee

A candidate for U.S. Representative, Congressional District 1 in the 2010 Washington General Election

Party: Democrat

Age: 64City: Bainbridge Island, WA

Occupation: Lawyer

On this race: Elected Experience: United States Representative 1999-present, Washington’s 1st Congressional District; United States Representative 1993-1995, Washington’s 4th Congressional District; Washington State Legislature 1989-1993, 14th Legislative District

Other Professional Experience: Former trial attorney and city prosecutor in Selah, WA from 1976 to 1992; 1996-1998 Regional Director of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Co-Author “Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean Energy Economy”

Education: B.A. in Economics, University of Washington; J.D. Willamette University College of Law

Community Service: No information submitted

Statement: This has been a year of hard choices for many Americans.  As we pick up the pieces of a shattered economy created by Wall Street greed, two wars, and ill advised economic policies, it is more important than ever to have people in Congress who will stand up for working families.  As a husband of 38 years, a father of three boys and a new grandfather, I believe there are some very basic principles at stake in this year's election:   Hard work should be rewarded, not irresponsible avarice. That's why I voted against the Wall Street Bank Bailout bill last year and that's why I am fighting for financial reform based on the principle that if a bank is too big to fail, it is too big.  I am also a strong supporter the deficit reduction commission.   Working families come first. That means creating decent jobs and defending the hard-fought protections for worker safety, health insurance, and pensions.  It means helping families afford to send their kids to college and care for their aging parents.  It means fixing Medicare, by eliminating the "donut hole," and continuing to fight any effort to privatize social security.  And it means upholding the solemn commitment to our veterans and their families.   We must generate a new economy based on rational policies. I have been a leader in advancing sensible energy policies that can create millions of new clean energy jobs and protect the environment.  Do we need any more proof that our continued addiction to oil is unsustainable after the Gulf oil spill disaster?

America is the greatest nation on earth because we are always willing to face our problems and move forward.  I ask for your vote so that we can continue that grand tradition.

NOTABLE: Served in U.S. Congress from congressional districts on both sides of the Cascade range, first in 1992 for one term representing Central Washington’s 4th district and later as representative of the state’s 1st congressional district.

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James Watkins Republican

Last updated: Nov. 12, 4:20 p.m. Election results

Jay Inslee (D) 162,301 57.60%
James Watkins (R) 119,466 42.40%
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