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.

Representative Hansen has been widely recognized for his public service. He was named 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

  • Net neutrality protected in Washington state under bill proposed by Rep. Hansen | News - December 14, 2017
    OLYMPIA – In anticipation of today’s Federal Communications Commission vote to repeal net neutrality regulations, Rep. Drew Hansen (D-Bainbridge Island) introduced legislation Wednesday protecting Washington consumers’ access to a free and open internet. “Literally no one except the giant cable... READ MORE
  • Rep. Hansen offers DACA students hope | News - September 5, 2017
    STATEMENT BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE DREW HANSEN, CHAIR OF WASHINGTON HOUSE HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE, ON DACA STUDENTS: “My bill (HB 1488) will protect DACA students from losing College Bound state financial aid if DACA is eliminated. We will push for this... READ MORE
  • Statement by Rep. Drew Hansen (D-Bainbridge Island), chairman of the House Higher Education Committee, on proposal to end public funding of The Evergreen State College | News - June 2, 2017
    “We are not going to end public funding of Evergreen, or any other public university, because of student protests.”
  • Measure to rein in illegal gun purchases on its way to governor’s desk | News - April 21, 2017
    OLYMPIA – Under current law, there are no consequences when a person who is ineligible to own a firearm tries to buy one but fails the background check. Rep. Drew Hansen’s (D-Bainbridge Island) bill, on its way to the Governor’s desk after... READ MORE
  • Protecting your privacy! | News - April 21, 2017
    We passed a bill of mine with overwhelming bipartisan support to protect your internet privacy. Background: a few weeks ago, Congress blocked FCC rules that would have prevented Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from using your private information – like your browsing... READ MORE
  • Contact

    Olympia Address:
    JLOB 369
    PO Box 40600
    Olympia, WA
    98504-0600

    (360) 786-7842
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    Josie Ellison
    Email: Josie.Ellison@leg.wa.gov

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