Ken Jacobsen

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Ken Jacobsen (2010)
Ken Jacobsen
Member of the Washington Senate
from the 46th district
In office
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
In office
10 January 1983 – 6 January 1997
Preceded by William H. “Skeeter” Ellis
Succeeded by Phyllis Gutiérrez Kenney
Personal details
Born Ken Gene Jacobsen
(1945-05-02) May 2, 1945 (age 72)
Dannebrog, Nebraska, United States
Nationality American
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Rachel Jacobsen
Residence Wedgwood, Seattle, Washington
Alma mater University of Washington
Occupation Retired
Profession Politician
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Ken Jacobsen was a Democratic Party member of the State Senate in Washington, United States. He was first elected to the Washington State Legislature in 1982 and he served through 2010.

Political history[edit]

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.


Senator Jacobsen's district, the 46th, is located in North Seattle. It encompasses the neighborhoods of Wedgwood, View Ridge, Sand Point, Roosevelt, Northgate, Maple Leaf, and Lake City.


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[edit]

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.

Civic organizations[edit]

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.