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The 2017 Legislative Session began January 9, and there’s no shortage of issues we must address. At the top of the list is K-12 education funding and levy reform. We’ve been working on this for many years, and during this session I believe we can finish the job with a bipartisan solution that will impact generations to come.

Other important issues include continuing to upgrade our mental health care system, particularly for children, and creating jobs, not only in urban areas but all across the state.

As Chair of the House Technology and Economic Development Committee, I also work on such things as energy regulation, new energy sources, and opportunities to expand growing industries and jobs. Of course, I also focus on issues that affect the 40th Legislative District, from new ferries to water usage.

Please check back frequently for the latest news and updates on what is happening in Olympia during the legislative season.

And if you need information or have a legislative issue, always feel free to contact me with your requests and concerns. Either my legislative assistant or I will return your call, email, or letter promptly.

It’s an honor to serve you as your state representative in Olympia.

Jeff Morris


Rep. Jeff Morris represents the 40th Legislative District in Washington State, which includes San Juan County and parts of Skagit and Whatcom Counties.

A fourth-generation native of the San Juan Islands, Morris is one of the preeminent sources of critical thought on policy issues in the public and private sectors in the areas of energy, critical infrastructure, biotechnology, and commercialization.

He’s been named one of the 13 most Tech Savvy Legislators in the United States by Governing Magazine. In addition, Morris has been selected by his North American peers to head two regional policy organizations in the Council of State Governments West and the Pacific Northwest Economic Region. He currently Co-Chairs the NCSL National Energy Task Force, co-founded Northwest Energy Angels (now Element 8) and created the Legislative Energy Horizon Institute.

Morris owns his own business, Energy Horizon Corporation, where his private sector work specializes in assisting Cleantech Companies in commercializing their intellectual property.


  • Landmark biometric privacy bill signed into Washington State law today | News - May 16, 2017
    OLYMPIA – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill today prohibiting businesses from collecting and selling your personal biometric information without your consent. Rep. Jeff Morris (D-Mt. Vernon) sponsored the bill to protect consumers from new, invasive technology that can... READ MORE
  • Biometric data privacy bill the result of bipartisan work | News - April 20, 2017
    OLYMPIA – Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jeff Morris is the first of its kind in the country to protect individual privacy rights associated with biometric identifiers. Morris (D-Mt. Vernon) is chair of the House Technology and Economic Development Committee,... READ MORE
  • Governor signs Morris legislation keeping utility public land easement and “Call Before You Dig” programs on track | News - April 19, 2017
    OLYMPIA – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Jeff Morris ensuring utility easement processing and oversight, and maintaining the “Call Before You Dig” program, were recently signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee. Morris (D-Mt. Vernon) is chair of the House Technology... READ MORE
  • Morris bill protects consumers from new invasive technologies | News - March 2, 2017
    OLYMPIA – New technology, known as biometric identifiers, is becoming more prevalent in consumers’ daily lives, yet most have no idea information is gathered about them without their consent, according to Rep. Jeff Morris (D-Mt. Vernon). With privacy concerns in... READ MORE
  • Rep. Jeff Morris 40th LD Legislative Update: Week 7 | News - February 20, 2017
    We are just starting our 7th week of the 15-week legislative session here in Olympia. We passed the House and Senate cutoff deadline on Friday when bills had to move out of policy committees. Thanks for your phone calls, letters... READ MORE
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