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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Pramila Jayapal (Democratic Party) is a member of the U.S. House, representing Washington's 7th Congressional District. She assumed office on January 3, 2017. Her current term ends on January 3, 2023.

Jayapal (Democratic Party) ran for re-election to the U.S. House to represent Washington's 7th Congressional District. She won in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Jayapal is a former Democratic member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 37 from 2014 to 2016.

Following September 11, 2001, Jayapal founded OneAmerica (initially named Hate Free Zone) and served as executive director of the organization for 11 years. OneAmerica describes its purpose as "organizing with and advocating for diverse communities" and was initially founded to "address the backlash, hate crimes, and discrimination against immigrant communities of color, primarily Muslims, Arab Americans, East Africans, and South Asians," according to its website.

On January 11, 2021, Jayapal announced that she had tested positive for coronavirus after sheltering with Republican colleagues who she said refused to wear masks during the January 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol building. for more information on political figures impacted by coronavirus.

Below is an abbreviated outline of Jayapal's academic, professional, and political career:

  • 2017-Present: U.S. Representative from Washington's 7th Congressional District
  • 2015-2016: Washington state senator
  • Financial analyst
  • 1990: Graduated from Northwestern University with an M.B.A.
  • 1986: Graduated from Georgetown University with an A.B.

Caucuses/Former Committees

Former Member, Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, United States House of Representatives

Education

  • MBA, Marketing & Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School, Northwestern University, 1988-1990
  • BA, English Language and Literature/Letters, Georgetown University, 1982-1986

Professional Experience

  • MBA, Marketing & Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School, Northwestern University, 1988-1990
  • BA, English Language and Literature/Letters, Georgetown University, 1982-1986
  • Distinguished Taconic Fellow, Center for Community Change, 2012-2014
  • Founder/Executive Director, OneAmerica, 2001-2012
  • Independent Consultant, Pramila Jayapal Consulting, 1997-2001
  • Fellow, Institute of Current World Affairs, 1995-1997
  • Director, Fund for Technology Transfer, Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), 1991-1995
  • Account Consultant, Physio-Control Corporation, 1990-1991
  • Intern, Population and Community Development Association, 1989
  • Financial Analyst, Leveraged Buyouts, PaineWebber Incorporated, 1986-1988

Political Experience

  • MBA, Marketing & Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School, Northwestern University, 1988-1990
  • BA, English Language and Literature/Letters, Georgetown University, 1982-1986
  • Distinguished Taconic Fellow, Center for Community Change, 2012-2014
  • Founder/Executive Director, OneAmerica, 2001-2012
  • Independent Consultant, Pramila Jayapal Consulting, 1997-2001
  • Fellow, Institute of Current World Affairs, 1995-1997
  • Director, Fund for Technology Transfer, Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), 1991-1995
  • Account Consultant, Physio-Control Corporation, 1990-1991
  • Intern, Population and Community Development Association, 1989
  • Financial Analyst, Leveraged Buyouts, PaineWebber Incorporated, 1986-1988
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, Washington, District 7, 2017-present
  • Candidate, United States House of Representatives, Washington, District 7, 2016, 2018, 2020
  • Senator, Washington State Senate, District 37, 2015-2016
  • Candidate, Washington State Senate, District 37, 2014

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Member, Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, United States House of Representatives

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Committee on the Budget

Member, Committee on the Judiciary

Member, Education & Labor Committee

Member, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law

Member, Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment

Vice Chair, Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship

Member, Subcommittee on Workforce Protections

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • MBA, Marketing & Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School, Northwestern University, 1988-1990
  • BA, English Language and Literature/Letters, Georgetown University, 1982-1986
  • Distinguished Taconic Fellow, Center for Community Change, 2012-2014
  • Founder/Executive Director, OneAmerica, 2001-2012
  • Independent Consultant, Pramila Jayapal Consulting, 1997-2001
  • Fellow, Institute of Current World Affairs, 1995-1997
  • Director, Fund for Technology Transfer, Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), 1991-1995
  • Account Consultant, Physio-Control Corporation, 1990-1991
  • Intern, Population and Community Development Association, 1989
  • Financial Analyst, Leveraged Buyouts, PaineWebber Incorporated, 1986-1988
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, Washington, District 7, 2017-present
  • Candidate, United States House of Representatives, Washington, District 7, 2016, 2018, 2020
  • Senator, Washington State Senate, District 37, 2015-2016
  • Candidate, Washington State Senate, District 37, 2014
  • Executive Committee, Fair Immigration Reform Movement, present
  • Member, National Partnership for New Americans, present
  • Former Member, Income Inequality Advisory Committee, City of Seattle
  • Co-Founder/Chair, We Belong Together, 2013-2014

Other Info

— Awards:

  • Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, Frederick Douglass 200

    Carnegie Corporation, 2018 "Great Immigrants" Honoree

    Immigrant Legal Resource Center, 2018 Nancy Pelosi Award for Policy

    Voices for National Service, 2018 Outstanding New Member Award

    National Association of Community Health Centers, 2018 Distinguished Community Health Advocate

    Humane Society, 2018 Humane Champion

    Immigrants' List, 2018 Awardee for dedicated work in immigration law & service to our country

    Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition, 2017 Leadership Image Award

    National Council of Asian Indian Associations (NCAIA), 2017 Award for Historic Election as First Indian American Congresswoman

    Women's Information Network, 2017 Rising Star Award

    Kerala Center, 2017 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Political Leadership

    India Community Center, 2017 Inspire Award

    American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), 2017 Distinguished Community Service Award

    2013 White House "Champion of Change"

  • Dog: Otis

— Publications:

  • Pramila is the author of a memoir, Pilgrimage to India: A Woman Revisits Her Homeland, as well as numerous essays, articles, and guest editorials, including many co-authored with national leaders, such as Gloria Steinem.

Policy Positions

2021

Abortion

1. Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-choice

Budget

1. In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- Yes

2. Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
- Yes

Campaign Finance

1. Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- Yes

Crime

Do you support the protection of government officials, including law enforcement officers, from personal liability in civil lawsuits concerning alleged misconduct?
- No

Defense

Do you support increasing defense spending?
- No

Economy

1. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

2. Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- No

3. Do you support providing financial relief to businesses AND/OR corporations negatively impacted by the state of national emergency for COVID-19?
- Yes

Education

1. Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
- Unknown Position

Energy and Environment

1. Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
- Yes

2. Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
- Yes

Guns

1. Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- Yes

Health Care

1. Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
- No

2. Do you support requiring businesses to provide paid medical leave during public health crises, such as COVID-19?
- Yes

Immigration

1. Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
- No

2. Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
- No

National Security

1. Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?
- Unknown Position

2. Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
- No

Trade

Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
- No

2019

Abortion

1. Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-choice

Budget

1. In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- Yes

2. In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
- Unknown Position

Campaign Finance

1. Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- Yes

Economy

1. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

2. Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- No

Education

1. Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
- No

Energy & Environment

1. Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
- Yes

2. Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
- Yes

Guns

1. Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- Yes

Health Care

1. Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
- No

Immigration

1. Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
- No

2. Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
- No

Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
- Unknown Position

National Security

1. Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
- No

2. Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
- No

Congress Bills
Elections

2020

General election
General election for U.S. House Washington District 7

Incumbent Pramila Jayapal defeated Craig Keller and Jack Hughes-Hageman in the general election for U.S. House Washington District 7 on November 3, 2020.

Pramila Jayapal (D)
83.0%
387,109 Votes

Craig Keller (R)
16.8%
78,240 Votes
Other/Write-in votes
0.2%
1,113 Votes

Total votes: 466,462

Nonpartisan primary election
Nonpartisan primary for U.S. House Washington District 7

Incumbent Pramila Jayapal and Craig Keller defeated Rick Lewis, Scott Sutherland, and Jack Hughes-Hageman in the primary for U.S. House Washington District 7 on August 4, 2020.

Pramila Jayapal (D)
80.0%
240,801 Votes

Craig Keller (R)
8.1%
24,477 Votes

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Rick Lewis (Independent)
4.6%
13,885 Votes

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Scott Sutherland (R)
3.8%
11,332 Votes

Jack Hughes-Hageman (D)
3.3%
10,052 Votes
Other/Write-in votes
0.2%
537 Votes

Total votes: 301,084

Withdrawn or disqualified candidates

  • David Ishii (D)
  • Brian Martin (R)


2018

General election

Incumbent Pramila Jayapal defeated Craig Keller in the general election for U.S. House Washington District 7 on November 6, 2018.


General election for U.S. House Washington District 7

Pramila Jayapal (D)
83.6%
329,800 Votes

Craig Keller (R)
16.4%
64,881 Votes

Total votes: 394,681

Top-two primary

Incumbent Pramila Jayapal and Craig Keller advanced from the primary for U.S. House Washington District 7 on August 7, 2018.


Nonpartisan primary for U.S. House Washington District 7

Pramila Jayapal (D)
82.7%
189,175 Votes

Craig Keller (R)
17.3%
39,657 Votes

Total votes: 228,832




2016

rated this race as safely Democratic. Pramila Jayapal (D) defeated Brady Walkinshaw (D) in the general election on November 8, 2016. Jayapal and Walkinshaw defeated seven other candidates in the primary. Incumbent Jim McDermott (D) did not seek re-election in 2016, leaving the seat open.

U.S. House, Washington District 7 General Election, 2016

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPramila Jayapal 56% 212,010
Democratic Brady Walkinshaw 44% 166,744
Total Votes 378,754
Source: Washington Secretary of State

U.S. House, Washington District 7 Primary, 2016

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPramila Jayapal 42.1% 82,753
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrady Walkinshaw 21.3% 41,773
Democratic Joe McDermott 19.1% 37,495
Republican Craig Keller 8.2% 16,058
Republican Scott Sutherland 4.6% 9,008
Democratic Arun Jhaveri 1.7% 3,389
Independent Leslie Regier 1.3% 2,592
Democratic Donovan Rivers 1.2% 2,379
Independent Carl Cooper 0.5% 1,056
Total Votes 196,503
Source: Washington Secretary of State

2014

Elections for 25 districts in the Washington State Senate took place in 2014. A blanket primary election took place on August 5, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 17, 2014. Pramila Jayapal (D) and Louis Watanabe (D) defeated Claude Burfect (D), John Stafford (D), Sheley Secrest (D) and Rowland Martin (R) in the primary. Jayapal defeated Watanabe in the general election.

Washington State Senate, District 37 General Election, 2014

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPramila Jayapa 70.7% 26,091
Democratic Louis Watanabe 29.3% 10,807
Total Votes 36,898

Washington State Senate, District 37 Top Two Primary, 2014

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPramila Jayapal 54.2% 12,235
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLouis Watanabe 16.1% 3,639
Republican Rowland Martin 10.3% 2,317
Democratic Sheley Secrest 10.1% 2,283
Democratic John Stafford 7.5% 1,684
Democratic Claude Burfect 1.9% 436
Total Votes 22,594
Speeches
Articles

Tested positive for coronavirus on January 11, 2020

Jan. 1, 1900

Coronavirus pandemic Select a topic from the dropdown below to learn more.Political responses overviewState reopening plansDocumenting America's Path to RecoveryDaily updatesElection changesChanges to vote-by-mail and absentee voting proceduresFederal responsesState responsesState executive ordersStay-at-home ordersMultistate agreementsNon-governmental reopening plansEvictions and foreclosures policiesTravel restrictionsEnacted state legislationState legislative session changesSchool closuresState court closuresInmate releasesLocal government responsesDiagnosed or quarantined politiciansBallot measure changesArguments about government responsesThe 1918 influenza pandemicPandemic Response Accountability CommitteeUnemployment filingsLawsuitsSubmit On January 11, 2021, Jayapal announced that she had tested positive for coronavirus after sheltering with Republican colleagues who she said refused to wear masks during the January 6 breach of the Capitol.

Events

2020

Oct. 16
Virtual Happy Hour

Fri 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

Jul. 17
Friday Night Feminism: An Evening with Rep. Pramila Jayapal

Fri 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM PDT

Remote via Zoom

Jun. 10
Town Hall on Facebook Live

Wed 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PDT