Biography

Jessyn Farrell represents the 46th Legislative District, which includes Kenmore, Lake Forest Park and parts of North Seattle. With a B.A. from the University of Washington and a J.D. from Boston College Law School, she has focused on environmental, transportation, and social justice issues throughout her career.  Jessyn was Executive Director of Transportation Choices Coalition, where she led efforts that resulted in $25 billion in bus, rail, bike and pedestrian investments in Washington State.

In her work as a legislator Jessyn emphasizes listening and using creative thinking to find solutions that help her constituents and the people of Washington State.  Recent accomplishments include securing $500 million in education investments for our neediest children, improving efficiency at the Washington State Department of Transportation, promoting policies to rebuild Washington’s middle class, and passing one of the strongest oil transportation safety laws in the country. Jessyn also worked with colleagues to pass historic investments in our transportation system and ground-breaking legislation to spur affordable housing development near transit stations.

As a mother of three young children, she believes passionately that we can achieve our potential as a community by investing in public schools, higher education, transit-friendly neighborhoods, paid family leave, affordable childcare and our diverse economic base.  She is also committed to defending family planning and healthcare access for all families.

Jessyn sits on the Transportation Committee as Vice Chair, and on the Commerce & Gaming and Rules Committees.

News

  • Seattle Times: Distracted-driving bill approved by Washington state lawmakers | News - April 20, 2017
    Legislators are sending a measure to the governor’s desk that cracks down on the use of handheld electronic devices behind the wheel. It goes into effect on January 1, 2019. Rep. Jessyn Farrell, D-Seattle, prime sponsored the House version of... READ MORE
  • Distracted driving bill nears final approval | News - April 12, 2017
    OLYMPIA – The state House today passed legislation cracking down on one of the state’s top causes of distracted driving: the use of personal electronic devices behind the wheel. SB 5289, also known as the Driving Under the Influence of... READ MORE
  • Protections for pregnant women in the workplace headed to Governor’s desk | News - April 10, 2017
    OLYMPIA – Legislation requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant women in the workplace today passed the Washington state House of Representatives on a unanimous vote and will be sent to the Governor for signature into law. Senate Bill... READ MORE
  • InvestigateWest article: House committee votes on extending tug escorts to oil barges | News - April 4, 2017
    Rep. Jessyn Farrell, D-Seattle, is the sponsor of HB 1611, which would improve protections for oil transportation over water to reduce the risk of spills. The bill – and its chances for passage this legislative session – is the subject of this article from InvestigateWest.... READ MORE
  • MEDIA ADVISORY: 46th District legislators to hold telephone town hall | News - March 20, 2017
    Who: State Representatives Jessyn Farrell and Gerry Pollet, together with State Senator David Frockt What: Telephone town hall meeting When: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Where: Calls will go out to thousands of homes throughout the... READ MORE
  • Contact

    Olympia Address:
    JLOB 370
    PO Box 40600
    Olympia, WA
    98504-0600

    (360) 786-7818
    Email Jessyn

    Legislative Assistant:
    Nigel Herbig
    Email: Nigel.Herbig@leg.wa.gov

    Toll-free Hotline:
    1-800-562-6000
    1-800-635-9993 (TTY)

    For Press Inquiries:
    Jen Waldref
    (360) 786-7225
    jen.waldref@leg.wa.gov

    For broadcast-quality audio or TV/radio interviews:
    Dan Frizzell, Broadcast Coordinator
    (360) 786-7208
    Dan.Frizzell@leg.wa.gov

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