Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler

District Washington 3rd
Key Coastal Communities Pacific Ocean and The Columbian River
Party Republican
Terms 2nd
Committees House Committee on Appropriations and House Committee on Small Business
Caucuses Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues
Women and the Economy/Business Task Force
Quote from Website “Our region is uniquely positioned on the Pacific Ocean and the Columbian River, and we need to maintain our waterways so that they remain an incredible asset to our economy. The funding in this bill for maintaining ports like Chinook and Ilwaco is essential to growing jobs in our economy, and I’m pleased we’re utilizing the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund to keep our waterways operating at full capacity,”



Leadership: Jaime graduated from Prairie High School, where she was member of the Prairie’s women’s basketball team. She also participated in activities like 4-H, fishing at Battle Ground Lake on opening day and swimming in the Lewis River. These experience are what gives Jaime a deep appreciation for what makes Southwest Washington special. Jaime attended the University of Washington, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. Her experience as a Senior Legislative Aide for Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Spokane) helped spark her interest in serving the people of Washington through public office. She served as the Congresswoman’s lead advisor on health care policy, education, veterans’ and women’s issues. In 2007, she was appointed to serve as a State Representative to Washington State’s 18th Legislative District by Democrat and Republican County Commissioners from Clark and Cowlitz Counties. She was reelected by 60% of the voters in 2008, and served in that position until being elected to Congress in 2010. Jaime has developed a record of working productively with both Republicans and Democrats on important issues.

During her first term in Congress she introduced the "Small Business Opportunities Act" -- a bipartisan reform to the federal contracting process that increases opportunities for thousands of America's small businesses. This initiative was included in the 2013 defense authorization bill that the President signed into law on January 2, 2013. She also spearheaded a bipartisan effort to protect Southwest Washington manufacturing and forest-product industry jobs from a costly government regulation known as the “Forest Roads Rule.” As a State Representative, her first bill – a bipartisan proposal to give tax relief to business owners serving in the military – was signed into law. Through these efforts she’s learned the value of common sense solutions that work for people instead of partisan bickering.

Jaime is proud to represent her home of Southwest Washington in the U.S. Congress. She's working hard to find solutions that will help restart Southwest Washington’s economy. Jaime is very clear about her mission: “I will do everything I can to get the folks of Southwest Washington back to work.”