Biography

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.

 

News

  • Governor signs Hansen’s first-in-nation net neutrality bill into law | News - March 5, 2018
    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... READ MORE
  • Net neutrality protections headed to governor’s desk | News - February 27, 2018
    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... READ MORE
  • House budget completes expansion of UW computer science slots | News - February 26, 2018
    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... READ MORE
  • Statement by Rep. Drew Hansen, D-Bainbridge Island, on today’s official publication in the Federal Register of the Federal Communications Commission’s reversal of net neutrality rules | News - February 22, 2018
    “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... READ MORE
  • House budget proposal would expand higher education access on Kitsap Peninsula | News - February 20, 2018
    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... READ MORE
  • Drew In The News

    Below are links to stories you might find interesting featuring Rep. Drew Hansen.

    Net neutrality:

    Q13 Fox: Net neutrality is dead, Washington state aims to bring it back to life

    Arstechnica: Why the first state with a net neutrality law isn’t scared of lawsuits

    Fast Company: The Next Battle Between States And The Feds Is Over Your Personal Data

    Fast Company: Washington just passed the country’s toughest net neutrality legislation

    Fast Company: The Net Neutrality Defender Fighting Trump From The Other Washington

    Seattle Times: Washington leaders, keep up the fight to restore net neutrality

    Seattle Times: Net-neutrality bill sails through the Senate; now headed to Gov. Jay Inslee

    Geek Wire: It’s official: Washington governor signs landmark net neutrality bill into law

    Geek Wire: Washington becomes first state in the nation to pass net neutrality regulations in defiance of FCC

    KEXP: Update: Net Neutrality and Nonprofit Media

    New York Times: States push back after net neutrality repeal

    KING 5: New bill could save net neutrality in Washington

    Kitsap Sun: Local lawmakers line up bills for 2018 session

    The Stranger: A new bill could help protect the open Internet in Washington state even if net neutrality gets repealed

    Geek Wire: Here’s what Washington state’s legally contentious net neutrality bill looks like up close

    Higher education:

    Kitsap Sun: Four-year early childhood degree to be offered in Kitsap

    Seattle Times: Proposals in Olympia would erase gap in aid for state’s low-income college students

    Tacoma News Tribune: Washington lawmakers split on clearing financial aid waiting list for low-income students

    Kitsap Sun: House Democrats propose expanding higher ed in Kitsap

    KNKX: Bill would open scholarships to some undocumented students in Washington

    The Stranger: WA legislators re-introduce bill to protect DREAMers from losing financial aid

    Check back for more.

    Contact

    Olympia Address:
    JLOB 370
    PO Box 40600
    Olympia, WA
    98504-0600

    (360) 786-7842
    Email Drew

    Legislative Assistant:
    Josie Ellison
    Email: Josie.Ellison@leg.wa.gov

    Toll-free Hotline:
    1-800-562-6000
    1-800-635-9993 (TTY)

    For Press Inquiries:
    Jen Waldref, Senior Communications Specialist
    (360) 786-7225
    jen.waldref@leg.wa.gov

    For broadcast-quality audio or TV/radio interviews:
    Dan Frizzell, Broadcast Coordinator
    (360) 786-7208
    Dan.Frizzell@leg.wa.gov


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