Jay Inslee making a run for president. The governor's profile has risen with his and Attorney General Bob Ferguson's successful fight against Trump's travel ban.
While sometimes Inslee's policies have been questioned even by fellow Democrats, Washington seems to have a thriving economy.
Inslee seems to have a knack of winning elections. Like Trump in 2016, Inslee was seen by everyone as the underdog against popular Attorney General Rob McKenna in the race to be Washington's governor. Inslee pulled out the victory. In 1998, he beat a incumbent Rick White to represent Washington's 1st Congressional District in the House of Representatives.
The last Washington figure to run for president was Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson in 1976. Jackson was one of the last "cold warriors" in the Democratic party. He lost the nomination to Governor Jimmy Carter who would go on to win the White House. There is no doubt that since then, our state has become a much bigger player on the national stage.