Washington Governor Jay Inslee Announces 2020 Run for President on Climate Change Platform: 'This Is Our Moment'

Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington and a former U.S. congressman, announced he is running for president, promising to make climate change his banner issue.

"I'm Jay Inslee and I'm running for president because I'm the only candidate who will make defeating climate change our nation's number one priority," he said in a campaign video, "We can do this. Join our movement. This is our moment."

Inslee, a Democrat, is the first sitting governor to enter the party's 2020 presidential race, joining a large and diverse field of candidates that includes Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar and Kirsten Gillibrand.

According to his campaign website, Inslee is calling for an "all-out national climate mobilization," which he dubs "America's Climate Mission."

It is his own version of the Green New Deal introduced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts.

"This Climate Mission is Jay's ambitious and actionable plan for our nation to defeat climate change and invest in our clean energy future, fueled anew by the growing movement for a Green New Deal, and he has the proven experience to turn this plan into action," Inslee's campaign website states.

This mission is based on four principles, which are powering the economy with clean energy; investing in infrastructure and innovation; fighting for environmental justice and economic inclusion; and ending fossil fuel subsidies.

Inslee, 68, was born in Seattle. His father was a high school teacher, and his mother was a clerk. He met his wife, Trudi, in high school, and they have three children and three grandchildren.

Inslee was elected governor in 2013 and was previously a member of Congress and a state representative.

"Climate change touches everything," Inslee told Newsweek in February, before his presidential intentions were made public.

"It's an income equality issue: The first victims of climate change are the poor. It's medical: Children are suffering greater levels of asthma. It's an economic development issue: The clean energy industry is growing and creating jobs quickly. It's an educational issue: We need to teach the science of climate change.

"We only have one last chance to save the country from the ravages of this threat. It is the 11th hour. It is the country's hour to shine."

He added: "We're the last generation. We can no longer kick the can down the road when it comes to climate change. We have to choose action. If I ran, I would give the country that choice."