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Jaime Herrera Beutler
Jaime Herrera Beutler, official portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded byBrian Baird
Member of the Washington House of Representatives
from the 18th district
In office
November 29, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Preceded byRichard Curtis
Succeeded byAnn Rivers
Personal details
Jaime Lynn Herrera

(1978-11-03) November 3, 1978 (age 41)
Glendale, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Daniel Beutler
(m. 2008)
EducationBellevue College
University of Washington (BA)
WebsiteHouse website

Jaime Lynn Herrera Beutler (/həˈrɛrə ˈbʌtlər/ "butler";[1] born November 3, 1978) is an American politician who is the U.S. Representative for Washington's 3rd congressional district. A Republican, Herrera Beutler was appointed to the Washington House of Representatives in 2007 and elected to that body in 2008. In 2010, she was elected to represent Washington's 3rd congressional district in Congress. Herrera Beutler has since been re-elected four times, and as of the 2018 elections, is only one of two Republicans to represent a district on the United States western seaboard (the other being Don Young of Alaska). She gained national attention after her daughter was born with Potter's Syndrome.

Early life, education, and early career[edit]

Jaime Lynn Herrera was born in Glendale, California, the daughter of Candice Marie (Rough) and Armando D. Herrera. Her father is of Mexican descent, and her mother has English, Irish, Scottish, and German ancestry.[2][3] She was raised in Ridgefield, where her father was a lithographer.[4] She was home-schooled through ninth grade, and graduated from Prairie High School, where she played basketball. In 2004, Herrera earned a B.A. in communications from the University of Washington.[5]

Herrera served as an intern in both the Washington State Senate and in Washington, D. C., at the White House Office of Political Affairs. In 2004, she was an intern in the office of Washington State Senator Joe Zarelli, who would later support her campaigns.[6] She was a Senior Legislative Aide for U.S. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Spokane).[7]

Washington State House of Representatives[edit]

2008 election[edit]

Herrera moved back to the 18th Legislative District to run for state representative (map), and was appointed to the Washington House of Representatives in 2007 to replace former Rep. Richard Curtis, who resigned amid a sex scandal.[8] She went on to win the election to retain her seat in 2008 with 60% of the vote.[9]


Herrera was elected as Assistant Floor Leader, the youngest member of her party's leadership in the State House. Her first sponsored bill gave tax relief to business owners serving in the military. It was signed into law by Democratic Governor Christine Gregoire on March 27, 2008.[10]

During her time in the House, Herrera also opposed Senate Bill 5967, which mandated equal treatment of the sexes in community athletic programs run by cities, school districts, and private leagues.[11]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Health Care and Wellness
  • Human Services
  • Transportation[12]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



Herrera ran for Washington's 3rd congressional district, which was an open seat of retiring Democratic incumbent Brian Baird. Herrera advanced to the general election with 28% of the vote, well ahead of fellow Republican candidates David Hedrick and David Castillo. State Representative Denny Heck, a Democrat, ranked first with 31% of the vote.[13][14][15]

Herrera raised over $1.5 million in contributions. 62% of this came from individual contributors; 35%, from political action committees. The biggest single contributor was construction and mining contractor Kiewit Corporation, which gave her campaign over $16,000.[16]

During the campaign, she received support from state Republican leaders U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers and former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton.[6] The Columbian called her "a rising star in the Republican Party".[6] In October, Herrera was named one of Time Magazine's 40 under 40: "The Washington Republican survived a Tea Party challenge to win the GOP primary in the Evergreen State's 3rd Congressional District. Now Herrera, a 31-year-old Latina and former congressional staffer, has successfully re-cast herself as the outsider as she takes on a longtime Democratic pol in November."[17]

In the November general election, Herrera defeated Heck 53%–47%.[18] She won five of the district's six counties.[19] Heck would later be elected representing Washington's 10th congressional district, serving alongside Herrera.[20]

On December 22, 2010, she announced that she had taken her husband's name and would thenceforth call herself Jaime Herrera Beutler.[1]


Herrera Beutler announced her intention to seek re-election in January 2012. She quickly outraised her two opponents - Democrat Jon Haugen, and Independent Norma Jean Stevens. She won the open primary with 61% of the vote.[21] By the end of the campaign, she had raised more than $1.5 million, to Haugen's $10,000.[22] In the November general election, she defeated Haugen 60%–40%.[23]


Herrera Beutler ran for reelection in 2014. She faced Republican challenger Michael Delavar and Democratic challenger Bob Dingethal.[24][25] Dingethal and Herrera Beutler advanced to the general election, where Herrera Beutler defeated Dingethal, 60% to 40%.[26]


In the non-partisan blanket primary, Herrera Beutler finished first with 55.4% of the vote; Democrat Jim Moeller finished second with 24.4%. In the general election, Herrera Beutler won with 62% of the vote, to Moeller's 38%.


In the non-partisan blanket primary, Herrera Beutler finished first with 40.9% of the vote; Democrat Carolyn Long, a political-science professor at Washington State University's Vancouver campus, finished second with 36.6%. Combined, the Democrats in the primary received just over 50 percent of the vote.[27] In the general election, she defeated Carolyn Long with 52 percent of the vote, the closest race since her initial bid for the seat. She is now one of only two Republicans, the other being Don Young of Alaska, representing a seat west of the Cascades.


Hererra Beutler, speaking on the House floor in November 2012

In March 2011, Herrera Beutler introduced her first bill as a member of Congress. The "Savings Start With Us" Act would reduce the salaries of Members of Congress, the President, and the Vice President of the United States by 10%.[7]

After the birth of her daughter Abigail (who was diagnosed with Potter's syndrome) in July 2013, Herrera Beutler announced that she would still be active in the house for key votes, but would dedicate a good deal of time to the care of her daughter.[28][29][30]

In June 2014, Herrera Beutler proposed the Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act, which would help coordinate care for children met with medical complexities in Medicaid.[31] The bill was passed by a committee, but did not get a vote on the House floor.[32]

Herrera Beutler is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership[33][34] and the Congressional Western Caucus.[35]

On December 18, 2019, Herrera Beutler voted against both articles of impeachment against President Trump, along with all other voting Republicans. [36]

Committee assignments[edit]

Political positions[edit]

As of January 2018, Herrera Beutler had voted with her party in 91% of votes in the 115th United States Congress, and voted in line with President Trump's position in 88.5% of votes.[38][39]

Herrera's partisan reputation has softened as her stay in Congress has lengthened.[40]


In 2019, Herrera Beutler was given the 2019 "Congressional Biosecurity Champion Award" from the Alliance for Biosecurity, a consortium of companies that develop products to respond to national security threats. The award is given once a year to a Member of Congress who works to improve the country's ability to prevent and combat major bio-security threats to national security.[41]


In April 2011, she voted for Congressman Paul Ryan's budget, which would have lowered taxes for the highest earners from 35% to 25% and also changed Medicare to be a voucher-system.[42]

Donald Trump[edit]

In December 2019, she voted against impeaching President Trump, saying that there was inadequate proof that he engaged in obstruction of justice and abuse of power.[43][44]

Health care[edit]

Herrera Beutler favors repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare).[45] In March 2017, she said that she intended to vote against the American Health Care Act, the GOP's replacement plan for Obamacare, because of its adverse effects on children who depend on Medicaid.[46]


After President Trump implemented an executive order banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, the Seattle Times reported in January 2017 that Herrera Beutler "was vaguely critical of the order, without saying she opposed it or calling for any specific changes".[47]

LGBT rights[edit]

Herrera Beutler opposes same-sex marriage.[45][48]

Sexual abuse[edit]

In November 2013, Herrera Beutler co-sponsored the Military Justice Improvement Act, which would address a rise in military sexual assaults. Under the proposed law, the power to evaluate and respond to such incidents would be taken away from the military chain of command. "Despite efforts by military leadership to address this serious issue, the problem remains", she said in a news release. "A Defense Department report found that fewer than one in six cases were being reported to authorities, often due to fear of retaliation by superiors. A quarter of the time, the perpetrators of these crimes were in the victims' direct chain of command."[49]

In December 2017, President Trump signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2018, which included part of Herrera Beutler's and Suzan DelBene's (WA-01) Child Abuse Accountability Enhancement Act (H.R. 1103). The act closed a legal loophole that denied justice to some survivors of child abuse.[50]

Personal life[edit]

In August 2008, Herrera married Daniel Beutler, who worked for SeaPort Airlines.[1] The couple lives in Camas, Washington.[12]

In December 2010, she announced that she had taken her husband's name, and would thenceforth be known as Jaime Herrera Beutler.[1]

In May 2013, Herrera Beutler announced that she and her husband were expecting their first child. In June 2013, she announced that her unborn child had been diagnosed with Potter's Syndrome, abnormally low amniotic fluid caused by impaired kidney function which inhibits normal lung development and is often fatal. A stranger who read the news suggested that she try an experimental treatment: saline injections into her uterus that would enable the baby to develop without kidneys. She said she tried several hospitals, and told CNN that "most wouldn't even return her calls". Finally, a doctor at Johns Hopkins agreed to try this treatment. The results were instantaneous. For four weeks, she drove every morning to Baltimore for injections.[51]

Herrera Beutler is the ninth woman in history to have given birth while serving in the United States Congress.[52][53] On July 29, 2013, it was announced that her baby had been born two weeks earlier, at 28 weeks' gestation. The girl was born without kidneys, and became the first child in recorded medical history to breathe on her own without both kidneys. In a Facebook post, Herrera Beutler said, "She is every bit a miracle." The child was named Abigail.[54] On July 24, 2013, Herrera Beutler was absent for a roll call vote concerning the NSA, citing health reasons. When she revealed the birth of her daughter, it was realized that the birth was her reason for missing what was considered an important vote.[55]

In early December 2013, it was announced that Herrera Beutler's daughter would be going home from the hospital nearly 6 months after her birth.[56][57] On February 8, 2016, at the age of two, Abigail received a kidney from her father at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford in California.[58][59][60]

In May 2016, Herrera Beutler gave birth to a baby boy.[61] In May 2019, Herrera Beutler gave birth to her third child, a girl named Isana.[62] Her husband is a stay-at-home father to the couple's children.[63]

Electoral history[edit]

Washington's 3rd congressional district
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
2010[64] Denny Heck 135,654 47% Jaime Herrera Beutler 152,799 53%
2012[65] Jon T. Haugen 116,438 40% Jaime Herrera Beutler 177,446 60%
2014[66] Bob Dingethal 78,018 38% Jaime Herrera Beutler 124,796 62%
2016[67] Jim Moeller 119,820 38% Jaime Herrera Beutler 193,457 62%
2018[68] Carolyn Long 145,407 47% Jaime Herrera Beutler 161,819 53%

See also[edit]


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