Born and raised in Port Angeles, Jake’s experience in the YMCA Youth and Government program pointed him early on toward a life of public service. He was the first in his family to attend college, earning a BA in Political Science from the University of Washington and then an MPA from the University of Puget Sound.
Jake served as the Director of the WSU Energy program from 2001 to 2019, providing leadership in alternative-energy and energy-efficiency. Jake has also coordinated community-volunteer efforts as a member of the Sound Transit and Pierce Transit Boards, and working on the Pierce County Public Health Board. He has served as Vice Chair of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, was a member of the Tacoma City Council and also Deputy Mayor of Tacoma.
Elected into the WA State House of Representatives in 2012, Jake currently serves as Chair of the House Transportation Committee and as a member of the House Environment and Energy Committee. In addition, Jake serves as the Vice Chair of the Council of State Governments’ Transportation Committee.
One of Jake’s top priorities in the legislature is ensuring a cleaner, more sustainable transportation system for our state. During the 2019 Legislative session, Jake introduced the Green Transportation bill, aimed at helping switch to electric vehicles and cleaner fuels, with incentives to buy electric vehicles and help to build the infrastructure to charge electric cars in Washington State. The new law also offers grants to help mass transit agencies electrify their fleets and takes steps to solve the last-mile problem in mass transit.
Jake has lived in Tacoma for more than 30 years. He has two children and two grandkids.