Pramila (Pramila) Jayapal (D-07)

US Representative Pramila Jayapal

Pramila (Pramila) Jayapal (D-07)
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Capitol: 202.225.3106
FAX: 202.225.6197
District: 206.674.0040
Representative
Room 2346 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-4707
1904 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Residence:Columbia City, WA

Committee Assignments

ChairmanCongressional Progressive Caucus
FC MemberHouse Outdoor Recreation Caucus (HORC)
Co-ChairCongressional Medicare for All Caucus
FC MemberHouse Caucus for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
Vice ChairHouse Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment
FC MemberCongressional Estuary Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Antitrust Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Puget Sound Recovery Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Corrosion Prevention Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
MemberHouse Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth
FC MemberCongressional New Americans Caucus
FC MemberHouse Agriculture Research Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Artificial Intelligence (AI) Caucus
FC MemberMalaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Refugee Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Soccer Caucus
FC MemberMunicipal Finance Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Deadliest Cancers
FC MemberCongressional Hockey Caucus
Ranking MemberCongressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)
FC MemberDemocracy Reform Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Planetary Science Caucus
FC MemberUnexploded Ordnance (UXO)/Demining Caucus
FC MemberCongressional STEAM Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Education and Labor
FC MemberCongressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Organic Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on the Judiciary
FC MemberPublic Broadcasting Caucus
FC MemberHouse Hunger Caucus
Co-Vice ChairCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Native American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Primary Care Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Budget
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Career and Technical Education Caucus (CTE)
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Women's Issues (House)
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberSustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus

Bio

Elected in 2016, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal is now serving her third term in Congress representing Washington's 7th District, which encompasses most of Seattle and its surrounding areas including Shoreline, Vashon Island, Lake Forest Park, Edmonds, and parts of Burien and Normandy Park. She is the first South Asian American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and one of only two dozen naturalized citizens currently serving in the United States Congress. Congresswoman Jayapal is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, where she serves as Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law. She also serves on the House Education & Labor and Budget Committees. She is also the Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which represents approximately 40% of the entire Democratic caucus; the Immigration Task Force for the Congressional Asian Pacific Asian Caucus; and a Vice Chair of the Congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus where she is the co-chair of the Transgender Equality Task Force. In Congress, Representative Jayapal has been a leader on immigration, including fighting the Trump Administration's inhumane policies of separating children from their parents and crafting legislation to create a fair and humane immigration system. She has also championed legislation to address income inequality, such as the $15 minimum wage and expanded collective bargaining rights for workers. She has worked extensively on health care issues as the lead sponsor of the Medicare for All bill in the House, and she is the author of the College for All Act, which would ensure every American has access to higher education. She has authored other landmark pieces of progressive legislation including the Ultra-Millionaire Tax Ad, Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act, the Housing is a Human Right Act, and the National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. She has also helped to introduce the THRIVE Act and other legislation to transition our economy to 100% clean energy and address the crisis of climate justice. Prior to serving in elected office, Congresswoman Jayapal spent twenty years working internationally and domestically in global public health and development and as an award-winning national advocate for women's, immigrant, civil, and human rights. She spent almost a decade working on global health and development for the international nonprofit organization, Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), and spent 12 years as the founder and Executive Director of OneAmerica, the largest immigration advocacy organization in Washington State and one of the largest in the country. Representative Jayapal was born in India, grew up in India, Indonesia and Singapore, and came to the United States by herself at the age of 16 to attend college at Georgetown University. She later received her MBA from Northwestern University, worked in a number of industries in both the public and private sector, and published her first book in 2000, Pilgrimage to India- A Woman Revisits Her Homeland. She has since published a second book, Use the Power You Have- A Brown Woman's Guide to Politics and Political Change. She is married to Steve Williamson, a long-time labor leader and strategist, and is the proud mother of a transgender child named Janak, step-son named Michael, and 65-pound labradoodle, Otis.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2016    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Steve Williamson   DOB: 9/21/1965
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