Rep. Rodne has served as our state representative in the Washington State House of Representatives since 2004. His legislative priorities include restoring fiscal responsibility in Olympia and building a world-class public education system. In addition, he works at improving our transportation infrastructure and reducing the regulatory burdens on families and small businesses so that we can create private sector job growth.
Jay has two children, Tye & Kalyn , and lives in North Bend.
Recognized as a well-respected leader, Jay currently sits on the Transportation and Local Government Committee. In addition to serving in the leadership role as the Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Committee, Jay also acted as the Assistant Floor Leader during the 2005-07 legislative sessions.
Employed as the in-house general counsel for King County Public Hospital District No. 4 and the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital, Jay obtained his J.D. degree cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1997. He has more than twelve years of experience in private law practice.
In addition to his role as a legislator, lawyer, husband, and father, Jay serves our country as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and commanded a 1,200-Marine reserve battalion from 2007-2009. Jay and his unit were activated in February 2003 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. He has been decorated for his service in all campaigns.
Jay is very active in his community and is a member of the Snoqualmie Valley Rotary, the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce, the VFW, and the Marine Corps League. Additionally, Jay served on the board of directors of Encompass, a children’s services organization in North Bend, from 2005-2010.
Over the years, Jay has received many 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 developing tough sex-offender legislation. He has also received the Association of Washington Businesses’ (AWB) Cornerstone Award for legislative excellence for each year that he has served in the legislature. In 2007, Jay was nominated and selected as a “Washington General”, the highest civic award bestowed by the State of Washington. In recognition of outstanding service to the State of Washington, he was one of only forty legislators from across the nation to be selected in 2008 for the prestigious Henry Toll Fellowship Program by the Council of State Governments.