Jaime Herrera Beutler has a straightforward mission: to get the people of Southwest Washington back to work.
Economic mobility and job creation have always been front and center for this lifelong Evergreen state resident, who grew up participating in 4-H and swimming in the Lewis River. A passion for politics led Jaime to college, and then to Washington, D.C. as a legislative aide for fellow Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Jaime’s desire to give back led her home, where she was appointed state representative by a bipartisan commission and quickly won the respect of her constituents.
Today in the U.S. House of Representatives, Jaime proudly serves alongside her former boss and mentor, providing a fresh and independent voice for Washington residents and their families. She is the first Hispanic in history to represent her home state, and when elected to Congress at age 31, one of the youngest. And, as the ninth lawmaker in history to give birth while in Congress, Jaime knows what it means to have to balance work and family. .
Jaime is running for reelection in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District.
Jaime’s experiences when she was pregnant with her daughter have propelled her to fight for all mothers, and she has made maternity care a top issue while in Congress. Jaime authored a bill that ensured the TSA would stop confiscating or destroying breastmilk and formula when families were trying to get through airport security. That bill passed the House and Senate with bipartisan support and was signed into law in 2016. From founding the Congressional Caucus on Maternity Care, to ensuring Zika prevention treatments were made available to low-income mothers, Jaime has been leading the way.
Jaime is also a tireless fighter for our servicemen and women. Recently she secured a provision that would improve maternity and mental healthcare for female veterans. Women veterans have higher rates of PTSD and mental health conditions than their civilian counterparts. These mental health challenges can compound the difficulties of postpartum depression that is common among new moms.