Biography

Drew Hansen has represented the 23rd Legislative District (most of Kitsap County) since 2011. He serves as Chair of the College and Workforce Development committee, and also serves on the Appropriations and Civil Rights & Judiciary committees.

Representative Drew Hansen and Governor Jay Inslee shaking hands
Governor Inslee shakes hands and congratulates Representative Drew Hansen after signing House Bill 2158 into law. HB 2158 is the Workforce Education Investment Act, which provides free or reduced tuition for students at Washington’s two- and four-year colleges and institutions.

As a legislator, Rep. Hansen has been responsible for some of Washington’s most significant legislation over the past several years, including Washington’s landmark free college tuition law, which a New York Times story said was “a game-changer” and  “…applauded by policy analysts for its innovation and reach,” and the nation’s first state-level net neutrality law, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and was signed into law in 2018. He also sponsored the New Hope Act, a 2019 bipartisan criminal justice reform bill that helps people who have spent time in prison rebuild their lives, DREAM Act 2.0 to protect state financial aid eligibility for DACA students, and a 2017 law cracking down on illegal gun purchases.

Rep. Hansen has been widely recognized for his public service. He was named a 2019 Nursing Champion by the Washington State Nurses Association, the 2018 Legislator of the Year by the Washington Student Association, and received a City Champion Award from the Association of Washington Cities.

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.

 

Group of advocates, students, parents, and higher education officials posing for a photo with Governor Jay Inslee and Representative Drew Hansen