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Timeline: Jay Inslee’s political career started in 1985

UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee greets supporters, Friday, March 1, 2019, after speaking at a campaign event at A&R Solar in Seattle. Inslee announced that he will seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, mixing calls for combating climate change and highlights of his liberal record with an aggressive critique of President Donald Trump. (Ted S. Warren / AP)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee greets supporters, Friday, March 1, 2019, after speaking at a campaign event at A&R Solar in Seattle. Inslee announced that he will seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, mixing calls for combating climate change and highlights of his liberal record with an aggressive critique of President Donald Trump. (Ted S. Warren / AP)

Here’s a partial timeline of key elements in Jay Inslee’s political career:

Feb. 9, 1951: Born in Seattle.

1969: Graduated from Ingraham High School in Seattle, received college deferment for the draft.

1972: Married his wife, Trudi.

1973: Graduated from University of Washington earning a bachelor’s degree in economics.

1976: Graduated from Willamette University Law School in Salem, Ore.

1985: Helped lead successful campaign for a high school construction bond in Selah, Washington, where he was a member of a law firm and worked as a city prosecutor.

1988: Elected to the state House of Representatives representing a portion of Yakima County, including Selah.

1992: Won the open U.S. House seat in Central Washington’s 4th Congressional District, beating Republican Doc Hastings.

1994: Lost re-election to Congress to Hastings.

1996: Finished third in the Democratic primary for governor.

1998: Beat incumbent Republican Rick White for Western Washington’s 2nd Congressional District seat. Re-elected six times.

2007: Writes “Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean Energy Economy” with Bracken Hendricks.

2012: Resigns congressional seat to run for governor, wins primary, beats Republican Rob McKenna in November.

2016: Wins re-election, beating Republican Bill Bryant with 54 percent of the vote.

March 1, 2019: Announces campaign for president.

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