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

  • Farrell, Rivers leading bipartisan effort to curb distracted driving | News - January 17, 2017
    OLYMPIA – A bill aiming to make Washington’s roadways safer by banning the use of handheld devices while driving has been introduced in the state Legislature. Rep. Jessyn Farrell (D-Seattle), is sponsoring the Driving Under the Influence of Electronics Act... READ MORE
  • Rep. Jessyn Farrell’s statement on Canada’s approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline | News - November 30, 2016
    Rep. Jessyn Farrell, D-Seattle, released the following statement after the Canadian government approved the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline yesterday. “Washington state should be very concerned about Canada’s approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline, which will almost triple the amount... READ MORE
  • Statement from Rep. Jessyn Farrell on the success of oil transportation rulemaking | News - August 24, 2016
    Legislative News from Representative Jessyn Farrell August 24, 2016 Statement from Rep. Jessyn Farrell on the success of oil transportation rulemaking OLYMPIA –The Department of Ecology released its final rule regarding oil transportation notification today. The rulemaking process was initiated by... READ MORE
  • Investing in a great education | News - June 28, 2016
    As a mother of three young kids, including two Seattle Public School students, I understand the importance of investing in K-12 education. In the “McCleary Decision,” the Supreme Court ruled that the legislature is not meeting our constitutional requirement to... READ MORE
  • Statement from Rep. Jessyn Farrell on Seattle mosque threat | News - June 15, 2016
    Statement from Rep. Jessyn Farrell on Seattle mosque threat SEATTLE – Representative Jessyn Farrell (D-Seattle) released the following statement after police arrested a man who allegedly made threats against a Seattle mosque. “I strongly condemn the actions of this man... 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

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    1-800-635-9993 (TTY)

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    (360) 786-7225
    jen.waldref@leg.wa.gov

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    Dan Frizzell, Broadcast Coordinator
    (360) 786-7208
    Dan.Frizzell@leg.wa.gov

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