2016 Primary Voters' Guide
Congressional

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Pramila Jayapal

Elected Experience: Washington State Senate, 2015-Present

Other Professional Experience: Non-Profit Executive in International Health and Human Rights, Financial Analyst, Author

Education: B.A. in English, Georgetown University; Masters in Business Administration, Northwestern University

Community Service: Founder, Hate Free Zone/OneAmericaWashington State's largest immigrant and refugee rights organization; White House Champion of Change Awardfor doing extraordinary things to create a more equal, safe, and prosperous future; Board Member, 21 Progresslabor community alliance for 21st Century; Former Board Chair, Chayasupporting survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking; Member, Mayor's Committee on Income Inequalityenacting path to $15 minimum wage.  

Statement: I've dedicated my life to achieving real results that help the middle class and those working their way into it. As a community organizer, civil rights leader, and State Senator, I've led progressive movements that bring people together to get things done. I bring the values, leadership, and experience to be a bold progressive voice for the 7th District in Congress and ask for your vote.

I created Washington's largest immigrant rights organization, OneAmerica, stopped illegal deportations, and helped pass immigration reform in the US Senate. I helped enact Seattle's $15 minimum wage, and led efforts to raise the minimum wage statewide.

In the State Senate, I expanded access to contraceptives for women; passed legislation providing critical services for sexual assault survivors; secured $5,250,000 for construction preapprenticeships that train women and people of color for transportation jobs; introduced legislation to provide free community college and automatically register voters; and led fights against Republican initiatives that would harm our environment

Only 1 in 5 members of Congress are women. We know that policy decisions are better when all voices are at the table. As the first woman elected from the 7th district, I'll stand up to right-wing attacks on Planned Parenthood; ensure equal pay for equal work; guarantee paid family and sick leave; raise the minimum wage nationally like we did in Seattle.

As a mom, I'm committed to enacting bold plans to address climate change for future generations. I'll expand Social Security and Medicare for all to keep promises to workers and prioritize patient care.

Endorsements: King County Democrats, Washington State Labor Council, WEA, AFT, IAM, UFCW, WFSE, 15 more unions, EMILY's List, NARAL, Gloria Steinem, Wendy Davis, Friends of the Earth, Bill McKibben, MoveOn, PCCC; 32nd, 33rd, 36th, 37th, 46th District Democrats; 35+ federal, state and local elected officials

Contact:
(206) 482-8420