|Member of the Washington Senate
from the 46th district
6 January 1997 – 10 January 2011
|Preceded by||Nita Reinhart|
|Succeeded by||Scott White|
|Member of the Washington House of Representatives
from the 46th district
10 January 1983 – 6 January 1997
|Preceded by||William H. “Skeeter” Ellis|
|Succeeded by||Phyllis Gutiérrez Kenney|
|Born||Ken Gene Jacobsen
May 2, 1945
Dannebrog, Nebraska, United States
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Residence||Wedgwood, Seattle, Washington|
|Alma mater||University of Washington|
He was elected to represent the 46th Legislative District in the Washington State House of Representatives in 1982 and was subsequently reelected for six more terms. He was appointed (and subsequently elected) to the State Senate in 1997, and served as Senator though 2010. He served as the Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman in 2003, the Majority Caucus Vice Chairman in 1999 and 2001, and he is a former chair of the House Higher Education Committee. He was the chair of the Senate Natural Resources, Oceans and Recreation Committee, and also served on the Transportation Committee, the Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee and the Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Committee.
Born in Dannebrog, Nebraska, of "Postcard from Nebraska" fame and raised in northeast Seattle, Senator Jacobsen enjoys bird watching, hummingbird and butterfly gardening. He has been married to Rachel Jacobsen, a teacher from New Zealand, for 41 years. They have two daughters, Sonja (Wellesley College, 1999, University of Washington School of Law, 2007) and Kiri (Tulane University, 2000).
Recent awards and recognition
Glenn Galbreath Spirit Award, 2006; Stanley O. McNaughton Leadership Award, 2002; Survivors of the Holocaust Asset Recovery Project of Washington—Honorary Board Member; Northwest Dollars for Scholars Community Hero Award. Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire declared May 22, 2009 Ken Jacobsen day in the State of Washington.
Board member of Scholarship America and Washington Dollars for Scholars; U.S. Foundation of the Universidad Del Valle de Guatemala; Friends of the University of Washington Library; Seattle Audubon Society; American Indian Endowment Committee; Ravenna & Thornton Creek Alliances'; Bring the Purple Martin Back to Seattle Committee; Education Advisory Committee Nordic Heritage Museum; Founder of the Annual Raoul Wallenberg Dinner. Lifelong member of the Disabled American Veterans.
- "Senator Ken Jacobsen, 46th District, Washington State Senate Democrats". Archived from the original on 2006-06-14. Retrieved 2006-04-26.
- "Ken Jacobsen campaign site". Retrieved 2006-12-19.