About Drew

REPRESENTATIVE DREW HANSEN is a trial lawyer and a legislator with a long record of
success on progressive priorities—many with bipartisan support. He was the prime sponsor of
the New Hope Act, a major criminal justice reform bill to help people clear their criminal records
when they have turned their lives around, the DREAM Act 2.0 , which preserved access to
college for undocumented students, Washington’s new tuition-free college and apprenticeship
bill, which national experts call “the most progressive state higher ed funding bill…in years,”
and a major gun safety bill to crack down on illegal gun purchases, which the New York Times
highlighted as a national model, saying “This is how it should work everywhere.” Representative
Hansen also wrote Washington’s first-in-the-nation bill to protect net neutrality, leading FastCompany to profile Rep. Hansen under the headline: “The Net Neutrality Defender Fighting
Trump from the Other Washington.”

As a trial lawyer, Rep. Hansen has tried cases in state and federal courts and arbitrations across
the country. He has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for the nonprofits, pension funds,
and others victimized by global banks during the financial crisis . Rep. Hansen has also won
several commendations for his pro bono work: he successfully stopped a major CO2-emitting
power plant on behalf of a coalition of nearby cities opposed to air pollution.

Rep. Hansen is the author of a book: The Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Speech that
Inspired A Nation (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2003), which U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) called “a
great contribution to the history of the movement,”.

Rep. Hansen lives with his family on Bainbridge Island, Washington.