Former Washington State Legislator and current internet business entrepreneur, Jesse Calvin Wineberry was born in 1955 in Sedro Woolley, Washington, and adopted by parents Peter and Mary Wineberry. Wineberry grew up in Seattle’s Central District and attended Queen Anne High School. He earned a degree in Business Administration in 1979 from the University of Washington, Seattle, and his Juris Doctorate from University of Puget Sound (UPS) Law School in 1986. Wineberry and his wife, Brenda, have two children, Jesse Jr. and Mia.
After graduating from the University of Washington, Wineberry worked as a television news reporter for KSTW in Tacoma and then a special correspondent for the station’s news coverage of the White House and Capitol Hill. In 1982 he was appointed a Congressional Black Caucus Association-Congressional Fellow on the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Consumer Protection, and Finance. While there Wineberry provided background information in the United States vs. AT&T lawsuit that ended the 75 year AT&T monopoly on telephone service and created competition in the field of long-distance and wireless communication.
Wineberry returned to law school at UPS and co-founded the campus Black American Law Student Association. In 1984, while still a law student, he was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives. A member of the Democrat party, he served as representative for the 43rd legislative district from 1984 to 1992, and later as representative for the 37th district from 1992 to 1994. During his time in the state legislature he served as Majority Whip, Chairman of the House Committee on Trade, Technology & Economic Development, and senior ranking member of the House Judiciary and Ways & Means Committees. In 1992 he was a Super Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in New York City.
During his time in the state legislature Wineberry focused on a number of issues, including tougher punishment for crime, prevention of juvenile crime, and job