Jesse Young, new 26th District House member, gets to work

Rep. Jesse Young, R-Gig Harbor, newly appointed state House member from the 26th Legislative District, started work Monday, Jan. 20 – a week into the 2014 session.

Young was chosen unanimously Jan. 17 by the Kitsap County Commissioners and Pierce County Council Members to fill the seat vacated by now-Sen. Jan Angel.

“I'm humbled and honored to serve the people of the 26th District. Now, it's time to work,” said Young, R-Gig Harbor. “My job is to listen, act and be an effective voice for my constituents on the issues they care about: Jobs, health care and education. State government doesn't have unlimited funds. Just like a household, we need to prioritize spending in the areas where people can benefit the most.”

On Monday, Young spoke in honor of Children's Day, when legislators are invited to bring their children onto the House floor. Young and his wife Jennie have five children.

“As I think about why I'm here,” Young said in his floor speech, “I know that it's the love that I have for my children, and very similarly the love that each of us has for our children, that drives us to be here, to want to work together to do great things for them.”

Born in 1976, Young moved to Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood with his brother and single mom at the age of three. The family at times found themselves homeless. Young graduated from Wilson High School as Valedictorian in 1995. He worked his way through Notre Dame University and graduated from there in 1999 with a Bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems. He currently works as a technology consultant.

Young sits on the following House committees:

· Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs

· Early Learning and Human Services

· Government Operations and Elections (Assistant Ranking member)

· Transportation

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