U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee will launch a campaign for Washington governor early next week, wading back into state politics after more than a decade in Congress, a Democrat familiar with his plans said Thursday.
Inslee plans to make his announcement in Seattle, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because Inslee's plans have not been officially made public.
He has long been positioning himself as a potential candidate, and that pathway cleared earlier this month when Gov. Chris Gregoire announced that she would not seek a third term. Attorney General Rob McKenna has already declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination.
Inslee has represented Washington's 1st Congressional District since 1999.