About Rep. Jesse Young
Jesse Young represents the 26th District and was unanimously appointed by Democrats and Republicans to the House in 2014. He went on to earn a full term after winning the 2014 election, and has been re-elected by voters every election since. With unrivaled attention to detail, Jesse brings an innovative and unique skillset to the Legislature and has quickly established himself as a thought-leader among his colleagues.
Raised in Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood, Jesse's childhood was marked by periods of homelessness and poverty. Through hard work, a trait he learned from his mother, he went on to have a highly successful career at Woodrow Wilson High School in Tacoma where he graduated with a 4.0 GPA. In addition to being named Valedictorian of his graduating class, he was also honored by the Washington State Legislature as a Washington State Scholar in 1995.
Upon graduation, Jesse was accepted into the University of Notre Dame. Throughout his time at Notre Dame, he was a committed student-athlete, competing with the Fighting Irish Track and Field team as a varsity pole vaulter, while also working in the dining hall to pay for his education. In 1999, he earned a bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems (BBA-MIS) from the distinguished Mendoza College of Business.
Jesse's career as an IT consultant has put him in the board room of major corporations, both nationally and internationally. Relying on the lessons he learned in the high-paced technology sector, he has developed a knack for problem solving, which he has put to use in the Legislature.
As a member of the Children, Youth and Families, Finance, and Public Safety Committees, Jesse has a solutions-oriented reputation. His priorities include bold reforms to tackle the issues facing Washington families and children, developing policies to foster economic development in the 26th District and entire state, and fully funding K-12 education so students and teachers have the resources they need to be successful.
Growing up in the Puget Sound region, Jesse has always had a strong appreciation for military veterans. He has long been a proactive supporter of veteran causes and continues to seek ways to ensure they have the necessary resources both during their service and when they transition back to civilian life. Furthermore, as an economic driver and nationally strategic base, Jesse feels it is a major priority to protect and foster growth for the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton.
Jesse is married to his high school sweetheart, Jennie. They reside in Gig Harbor and have six children. Together they are active in several community and faith-based organizations and he serves on the board of the Harbor Hope Center, which provides housing to low-income and homeless youth who are working to get through school.