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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Drew In The News
Below are links to stories you might find interesting featuring Rep. Drew Hansen.
New York Times: States push back after net neutrality repeal
Kitsap Sun: Local lawmakers line up bills for 2018 session
Check back for more.
PO Box 40600
For Press Inquiries:
Jen Waldref, Senior Communications Specialist
For broadcast-quality audio or TV/radio interviews:
Dan Frizzell, Broadcast Coordinator