Biography

Drew Hansen has represented the 23rd Legislative District (most of Kitsap County) since 2011. He serves as Chair of the Higher Education committee, and also serves on the Appropriations and Judiciary committees.

As a legislator, Rep. Hansen is focused on job creation and job training: He expanded the Olympic College engineering program so we can train more engineers for the shipyards, he sponsored legislation to protect marine jobs by getting derelict boats out of state waters, and improved student access to computer science courses so they can train for good-paying jobs in the high-tech industry.

He also sponsored the nation’s first state-level net neutrality law, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and was signed into law in 2018.

Representative Hansen has been widely recognized for his public service. He was named the 2018 Legislator of the Year by the Washington Student Association, Legislator of the Year by the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs (WACOPS), received a City Champion Award from the Association of Washington Cities,  and was recognized with the 2015 Legislator at Work (LAW) Award from the Law Enforcement Administrators of Washington.

Rep. Hansen is also the author of a book, “The Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Speech that Inspired a Nation,” which U.S. Representative John Lewis called a “great contribution to the history of the movement.”

When the Legislature is not in session, Rep. Hansen practices law as a partner at Susman Godfrey LLP. He lives on Bainbridge Island with his wife, Julie, and their two young children.

 

News

  • Your input on higher education opportunities in Kitsap County | E-newsletters - May 10, 2018
    What new higher education opportunities would you like to see in Kitsap County? As many of you know, I chair the House Higher Education Committee, which means I focus on expanding college opportunities to help people get decent jobs to support... READ MORE
  • Rep. Hansen chosen Legislator of the Year by the Washington Student Association | News - April 2, 2018
    OLYMPIA – Washington state’s largest higher education advocacy group, the Washington Student Association (WSA), recently named Rep. Drew Hansen (D-Bainbridge Island) its 2018 Legislator of the Year. The organization, which announced the award in a Twitter post, represents 130,000 undergraduate and... READ MORE
  • New College Opportunities for Kitsap County Jobs | E-newsletters - March 26, 2018
    Hello – the 2018 legislative session has now ended, and I wanted to share the news that we successfully funded some new college opportunities locally to help people get jobs and provide for their families. Specifically, the final budget funded my initiative... READ MORE
  • State budget includes big boosts to financial aid, career training, computer science slots | News - March 8, 2018
    OLYMPIA – Over the next four years, thousands of additional students will have the opportunity to afford college thanks to a major commitment by state lawmakers to eliminate the funding backlog for the State Need Grant (SNG), Washington’s principal financial... READ MORE
  • Final state budget increases higher ed access, options for Kitsap Peninsula | News - March 8, 2018
    OLYMPIA – State legislators have approved a final supplemental budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which includes new investments expanding higher education access and options for Kitsap County residents, including a big increase in funding for state financial aid. “Today’s... READ MORE
  • Drew In The News

    Below are links to stories you might find interesting featuring Rep. Drew Hansen.

    Net neutrality:

    Q13 Fox: Net neutrality is dead, Washington state aims to bring it back to life

    Arstechnica: Why the first state with a net neutrality law isn’t scared of lawsuits

    Fast Company: The Next Battle Between States And The Feds Is Over Your Personal Data

    Fast Company: Washington just passed the country’s toughest net neutrality legislation

    Fast Company: The Net Neutrality Defender Fighting Trump From The Other Washington

    Seattle Times: Washington leaders, keep up the fight to restore net neutrality

    Seattle Times: Net-neutrality bill sails through the Senate; now headed to Gov. Jay Inslee

    Geek Wire: It’s official: Washington governor signs landmark net neutrality bill into law

    Geek Wire: Washington becomes first state in the nation to pass net neutrality regulations in defiance of FCC

    KEXP: Update: Net Neutrality and Nonprofit Media

    New York Times: States push back after net neutrality repeal

    KING 5: New bill could save net neutrality in Washington

    Kitsap Sun: Local lawmakers line up bills for 2018 session

    The Stranger: A new bill could help protect the open Internet in Washington state even if net neutrality gets repealed

    Geek Wire: Here’s what Washington state’s legally contentious net neutrality bill looks like up close

    Higher education:

    Kitsap Sun: Four-year early childhood degree to be offered in Kitsap

    Seattle Times: Proposals in Olympia would erase gap in aid for state’s low-income college students

    Tacoma News Tribune: Washington lawmakers split on clearing financial aid waiting list for low-income students

    Kitsap Sun: House Democrats propose expanding higher ed in Kitsap

    KNKX: Bill would open scholarships to some undocumented students in Washington

    The Stranger: WA legislators re-introduce bill to protect DREAMers from losing financial aid

    Check back for more.

    Contact

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

    (360) 786-7842
    Email Drew

    Legislative Assistant:
    Josie Ellison
    Email: Josie.Ellison@leg.wa.gov

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

    For Press Inquiries:
    Jen Waldref, Senior Communications Specialist
    (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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