Biography

Jesse Johnson is a lifelong Federal Way resident and a graduate from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Masters of Education. The son of a Navy Veteran and a Commercial/Residential Painter, Johnson was the youngest City Council member in Federal Way history when he first took office at the age of 27. Now he serves as one of the Legislature’s youngest members, where he works to help working families and seniors struggling with high costs, students looking for the right pathway to a good paying job and families struggling with housing insecurity across the state.

Johnson’s values are rooted in equity, inclusion and social justice. His focus comes from his close partnership with community in the South King County region, where he also works in Workforce Planning and Development for the Highline School District.  His passion for education and youth development comes from his own experiences growing up in Federal Way, where he apprenticed with his father at a painting and general contracting company.

Addressing youth violence prevention and expanding behavioral health services are important issues for Johnson, stemming from the work he championed on the Federal Way City Council. He also looks to address housing stability, needs of veterans in his community, and fostering entrepreneurial spirit and small business ownership.

Johnson lives in Federal Way with his wife, a University of Washington Medical student.

Education

  • Masters of Education – University of Washington
  • Bachelors of Arts – Political Science – University of Washington
  • Federal Way High School Graduate

Committees

  • Vice Chair – Consumer Protection & Business Committee
  • Housing, Community Development & Veterans Committee

Community Service

  • Federal Way Youth Action Team Board member
  • Young Life Board member
  • New Beginnings Christian Fellowship Church

Awards

  • University of Washington Danforth Educational Leadership Program Art of Leadership Award
  • 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Organizing Coalition Young Leadership Award