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.
He also sponsored the nation’s first state-level net neutrality law, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and was signed into law in 2018.
Representative Hansen has been widely recognized for his public service. He was named the 2018 Legislator of the Year by the Washington Student Association, 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.
Governor Inslee signed HB 2282 into law this afternoon, protecting a free and open internet for Washington consumers. Rep. Drew Hansen (D-Bainbridge Island), the bill’s prime sponsor, was there for the bill signing ceremony. Washington is the first state in...
OLYMPIA – Legislators have protected a free and open internet in the state of Washington with bipartisan legislation now headed to the governor’s desk. On a 35-14 vote, the state Senate passed House Bill 2282 today, which safeguards net neutrality. It...
OLYMPIA – The state House today passed a supplemental budget for the 2017-2019 biennium that includes major new investments in higher education. In addition to fully funding the State Need Grant within three years and expanding the Guided Pathways advising...
“Today the FCC took the official step of publishing in the Federal Register its decision to repeal net neutrality rules. Doing so continues to move this bad decision forward at the federal level, but here in Washington state my bill...
OLYMPIA – The budget proposal released today House Democrats includes funding that expands access to higher education on the Kitsap Peninsula. It allocates money for a four-year early childhood education degree program, and for a feasibility study for a Western...
Drew In The News
Below are links to stories you might find interesting featuring Rep. Drew Hansen.
New York Times: States push back after net neutrality repeal
Kitsap Sun: Local lawmakers line up bills for 2018 session
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