Inslee won’t seek another term

Gov. Jay Inslee
Gov. Jay Inslee

Governor has served as Washington’s top state executive since 2013

TJ Martinell
The Center Square Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee has announced he will not run for reelection next year, after serving in the state’s executive role since 2013.

In a press release statement Inslee said that “serving the people as governor of Washington state has been my greatest honor. During a decade of dynamic change, we’ve made Washington a beacon for progress for the nation. I’m ready to pass the torch.”

His statement cited numerous achievements made during his three-terms, including the Clean Energy Transformation Act, or CETA, the Climate Commitment Act, and fully funding the K-12 system following the State Supreme Court’s 2012 McCleary decision.

As of now, Inslee is the longest-serving active governor in the nation. He was first elected in 2012, beating Republican candidate and then-State Attorney General Rob McKenna. Prior to that, Inslee served in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Washington’s 4th Congressional District after serving as a state legislator in the State House from 1989 to 1993. 

This report was first published by The Center Square Washington.

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