Jay Rodne has served as a State Representative for the 5th Legislative District since 2004. Jay’s legislative priorities include restoring fiscal responsibility in Olympia, creating jobs and economic opportunity for all Washingtonians, and building a world-class public education system.
Jay currently serves as the Ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, a position he has held since 2007. Jay’s other committee assignments include the House Transportation and Healthcare and Wellness Committees. Jay also served in the leadership role as Assistant Republican Floor Leader during the 2005-07 legislative sessions.
Jay is employed as the General Counsel for King County Public Hospital District No. 4 and the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital. Jay obtained his J.D. cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1997 and has over fifteen years of experience in the practice of law. In addition to his role as a legislator, lawyer, and father, Jay also serves as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and served as the Commanding Officer of a 1,200-Marine reserve battalion from 2007-2009. In February 2003, Jay and his unit were activated and deployed to Kuwait and Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1990-1993, Jay saw action in the Persian Gulf War in 1991 and in Somalia during Operation Restore Hope in 1992-93. Jay has received decorations for service in all campaigns.
Jay is very active in his community and is a member of the Snoqualmie Valley Rotary, numerous local chambers of commerce, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and he serves on the Board of the Snoqualmie Sister Cities Association and the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Foundation. He is a past board member of Encompass, a local non-profit dedicated to early childhood learning and development.
Jay has received numerous awards and recognition for his community service. In 2006, Jay was awarded the “Local Hero” award by the Issaquah Kiwanis Club for his bipartisan work on tougher sex offender legislation. Additionally, Jay has received the Association of Washington Businesses’ Cornerstone Award for legislative excellence each year that he has served in the legislature. In 2007, Jay was named a “Washington General” by Governor Christine Gregoire, which is the highest civic award bestowed by the State of Washington. In 2008, in recognition of his outstanding service to the State of Washington, Jay was one of only forty legislators from across the Nation to be selected for the prestigious Henry Toll Fellowship Program offered by the Council of State Governments.
Associated General Contractors
Human Life PAC (Endorsement Letter)
Local 2878 Eastside Professional Firefighters
National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB)
WA State Patrol Troopers Association
WASPC (WA Association of Sheriff’s and Police Chiefs)
WA State Farm Bureau
WA State Council of Firefighters
WA Retail Association