The year in photos: 2021

As we end 2021, here’s a look back through photos of some of Gov. Jay Inslee’s work across the state. The COVID-19 pandemic continued to impact Washington in large and small ways. Inslee was able to lift almost all restrictions in late June, until the Delta variant made it necessary to re-instate the mask mandate*.

*Note: all photos without a mask are during a time when it was safe to do so.

Gov. Jay Inslee visits Robert Frost Elementary School in Pasco, March 9, 2021 (Office of the Governor).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students and educators did remote learning for much of 2020 and part of 2021. Many school districts returned to in-person learning prior to the governor signing an emergency proclamation requiring in-person education opportunities for public K-12 schools on March 15, 2021.

Gov. Jay Inslee signs legislation to place a statue of tribal leader Billy Frank Jr. in the National Statuary Hall, April 14, 2021 (Office of the Governor).

Gov. Jay Inslee signed HB 1372 on April 14, which will place a statue of tribal leader Billy Frank Jr. in the National Statuary Hall. Inslee was joined by members of Frank’s family, tribal and community members, Lt. Gov. Denny Heck and Rep. Debra Lekanoff when he signed the bill in a ceremony at Wa He Lut Indian School in Olympia.

Gov. Jay Inslee joined community members and legislators for the signing of the economic justice legislative package, May 5, 2021. (Office of the Governor).

In early May, Inslee signed an economic justice legislative package, including the Working Families Tax Credit and the capital gains excise tax, that starts the process of making Washington’s upside-down tax system fairer and more equitable.

Gov. Jay Inslee signs the first of three landmark climate bills at the Seattle Aquarium, May 17, 2021 (Office of the Governor).

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a historic climate change legislative package on May 17 during a three-stop tour through King County.

The governor signed the Climate Commitment Act, environmental justice legislation, a clean fuels standard and bills related to reducing Washington’s single-use plastic waste and hydrofluorocarbon pollution.

Read more about the 2021 climate legislative package.

Gov. Jay Inslee and former Gov. Chris Gregoire raise the “Washington Ready” flag atop the Space Needle, July 1, 2021 (Office of the Governor).
Gov. Jay Inslee readies to catch a fish at the Pike Place Market, July 1, 2021 (Office of the Governor).

In late June, due to declining number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, Inslee lifted most restrictions on capacity and operations.

Gov. Jay Inslee presents a check to the “Shot of a Lifetime” vaccination winner, July 16, 2021 (Office of the Governor).

In June and July, Inslee announced a suite of incentives to help encourage unvaccinated Washingtonians to get the COVID shot.

The Washington State Lottery conducted the “Shot of a Lifetime” giveaway series during the month of June, working with state agencies, technology companies, sports teams and higher education institutions across the state to offer a myriad of different prizes to vaccinated individuals.

Gov. Jay Inslee visits Eviation in Arlington, September 21, 2021 (Office of the Governor).

In late September, Inslee visited Snohomish County and toured Eviation, a manufacturer that is creating the first all-electric powered aircraft.

Gov. Jay Inslee toured Les Collines Vineyard in Walla Walla, October 6, 2021 (Office of the Governor).

Washington’s wine industry continues to be impacted by climate change. In October, Inslee traveled to Walla Walla and visited Les Collines Vineyard. He talked with experts about the impact on fruit development.

Gov. Jay Inslee, groundbreaking of new University of Washington behavioral health facility, October 21, 2021 (Office of the Governor).

In late October, Inslee helped break ground a new behavioral health teaching facility. The project, a priority of the governor’s, is a key piece in transforming the behavioral health system across Washington state.

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at the opening of Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, October 22, 2021 (Office of the Governor).
Gov. Jay Inslee joined advocates and policy makers at SeaTac Airport to welcome Afghan refugees to Washington state, October 22, 2021. (Office of the Governor)
Gov. Jay Inslee at COP26, international summit on climate in Glasgow, Scotland, November 8, 2021 (Office of the Governor).

The governor attended the Glasgow Climate Change Conference in Scotland in early November. He led a coalition of 68 state, regional and city governments to affirm their urgent commitment to addressing the climate crisis by signing a range of emissions-slashing actions ahead of 2030. The work is part of a global call from local and regional governments in recognition of the increased impacts of climate change and their critical role in addressing it.

Gov. Jay Inslee announces his 2022 budget proposal to address homelessness and housing shortages, December 15, 2021 (Office of the Governor).

The governor announced his 2022 supplemental budget in mid-December, in which he proposes significant funding to reduce poverty, increase housing and resources for homeless individuals, expand K-12 learning supports, invest in clean transportation and green economy, decarbonize buildings, and protect salmon habitat.

Governor Jay Inslee and First Lady Trudi Inslee, December 22, 2021 (Office of the Governor).

And, finally the governor and Trudi Inslee created a video to wish Washingtonians happy holidays and encourage them to continue to take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19. Watch the video here.