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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 by Brian Baird
Member of the Washington House of Representatives
from the 18th district
In office
November 29, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by Richard Curtis
Succeeded by Ann Rivers
Personal details
Born Jaime Lynn Herrera
(1978-11-03) November 3, 1978 (age 39)
Glendale, California, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Daniel Beutler
Children 1
Education Bellevue College
University of Washington (BA)
Website House website

Jaime Lynn Herrera Beutler (/həˈrɛrə ˈbʌtlər/ "butler";[1] born November 3, 1978) is an American politician, who has served as the U.S. Representative for Washington's 3rd congressional district since January 2011. She is a member of the Republican Party, and is the second youngest female U.S. Representative. She is a former Senior Legislative Aide for U.S. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Spokane).

In 2007, she was appointed to fill a vacancy in the 18th Legislative District of the Washington State House, where she served until being elected to Congress in November 2010.

Early life and education[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 southwestern Washington, and graduated from Prairie High School, where she played basketball. She earned a B.A. in Communications from the University of Washington.


Early political career[edit]

Herrera Beutler 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.[4] She was a Senior Legislative Aide for U.S. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Spokane).[5]

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

Washington State House of Representatives[edit]

2008 election[edit]

Herrera Beutler 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.[6] She went on to win the election to retain her seat in 2008 with 60% of the vote.[7]


Herrera Beutler 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.[8]

During her time in the House, she also opposed Senate Bill 5967, which mandated equal treatment of the sexes in community athletic programs run by cities, school districts, and private leagues.[9]

Herrera Beutler is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership[10] and the Congressional Western Caucus.[11]

Committee assignments[edit]

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

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



Herrera Beutler 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 Beutler 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.[4] The Columbian called her "a rising star in the Republican Party".[4] In October, Herrera Beutler 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 Beutler defeated Heck 53%–47%. She won five of the district's six counties.[18] (In 2012, Heck returned to Congress, representing the 10th congressional district, which was created after the 2010 Census.[19])


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.[20] By the end of the campaign, she had raised more than $1.5 million, to Haugen's $10,000.[21] In the November general election, she defeated Haugen 60%–40%.[22]


Herrera Beutler ran for reelection in 2014. She faced Republican challenger Michael Delavar and Democratic challenger Bob Dingethal.[23][24] Dingethal and Herrera Beutler advanced to the general election, where Herrera Beutler defeated Dingethal, 60% to 40%.[25]


In the nonpartisan 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 nonpartisan 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 got just over 50 percent of the vote.[26]


Hererra Beutler, speaking on the House floor in November 2012

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, such as the vote to intervene in the Syrian Civil War, although she would be dedicating a lot of her personal time to the care of her daughter.[27][28][29]

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%. In a letter to Congress, Herrera said it was unfair that Congress has voted to remove billions from the budget without cutting their own paychecks, and that this bill would "bring us [Congress] in line with the reductions we're asking the rest of the federal government to absorb."[30][31]

In June 2014, Herrera Beutler proposed the Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act, would help coordinate care for children met with medical complexities in Medicaid.[32] The bill was passed by a committee but did not get a vote on the House floor.[33]

Committee assignments[edit]

Political positions[edit]

Jaime Herrera Beutler is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership which presents what it describes as centrist Republican policies.[35] Herrera Beutler was ranked as the 26th most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives during the 114th United States Congress, and the second most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington, out of ten, in the Bipartisan Index created by The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy that ranks members of the United States Congress by their degree of bipartisanship (by measuring the frequency each member's bills attract co-sponsors from the opposite party and each member's co-sponsorship of bills by members of the opposite party).[36] As of January 2018, Herrera Butler 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.[37][38]

In 2013, the non-partisan National Journal gave Herrera Beutler a composite ideological rating of 57% conservative and 44% liberal.[39] The American Conservative Union gave her a 67% lifetime conservative score.[39] On January 17, 2012, Congressional Quarterly's annual study found Hererra Beutler to be very Republican, voting with her party 92% of the time, while she only supported President Barack Obama 25% of the time.[40][not in citation given] Herrera's partisan reputation has softened however as her stay in Congress has lengthened.[41]


Herrera Beutler opposes abortion.[42] She received a 0% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America and a 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee in 2012.[43] However, she did receive a 40% rating from Population Connection which is pro-choice and supports voluntary family planning.[44]


In 2011, she cosponsored a U.S. Constitutional Amendment that would require the federal government to balance its budget every year. The balanced budget amendment would require the President to submit a balanced budget to Congress for approval, but provides an exception in times of national emergencies.[45]

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.[46]


As of August 2017, the League of Conservation Voters gave Herrera Beutler a 9% lifetime score and a 9% score for her votes in 2017.[47] The U.S. House average for 2017 was 45%.[48]


Herrera Beutler supports gun ownership rights, does not support requiring background checks for gun registration, and has received an A rating from the National Rifle Association.[49][50]

Health care[edit]

Herrera Beutler favors repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare).[42][51] 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.[52]


After President Trump implemented an executive order banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, Herrera Beutler, the Seattle Times reported in January 2017 that she "was vaguely critical of the order, without saying she opposed it or calling for any specific changes."[53]

LGBT rights[edit]

Herrera Beutler opposes same-sex marriage.[42][51][54] She has a 0% rating from the Human Rights Campaign which supports same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.[55]

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."[56]

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.[57]

Personal life[edit]

In August 2008, Herrera Beutler married Daniel Beutler, who worked for SeaPort Airlines.[1] The couple lives in Camas, Washington.[12] In May 2013, Herrera Beutler announced they 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 tried several hospitals, but none returned her calls. Finally a doctor at Johns Hopkins agreed to try. The results were instantaneous. For four weeks, she drove every morning to Baltimore for injections.[58]

She is only the ninth woman in history to give birth while serving in the United States Congress.[59][60] On July 29, 2013, it was announced that the baby had been born two weeks earlier, at 28 weeks' gestation. The girl was born without kidneys, becoming 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." They have named the child Abigail.[61][62] On July 24, 2013, Herrera Beutler was absent for a roll call vote concerning the NSA, where she cited 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.[63]

In a September 2013, Herrera Beutler announced that Abigail was getting healthier. "I'm pleased to report that her doctors are happy with her progress and optimistic about her future," she said. "Dan and I continue learning how to manage her day-to-day care while she gets healthier and overcomes her health challenges."[29] She added that she would have to spend a lot of personal time taking care of her daughter, who is expected to be the first person in medical history to survive Potter's syndrome, but is hoping to return to the House Floor for key votes.[27][28][64] In early December, it was announced that Herrera Beutler's daughter would be going home from the hospital, nearly 6 months after her birth.[65][66] 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.[67][68][69]

Electoral history[edit]

Washington's 3rd congressional district
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
2010[70] Denny Heck 135,654 47% Jaime Herrera Beutler 152,799 53%
2012[71] Jon T. Haugen 116,438 40% Jaime Herrera Beutler 177,446 60%
2014[72] Bob Dingethal 78,018 38% Jaime Herrera Beutler 124,796 62%
2016[73] Jim Moeller 119,820 38% Jaime Herrera Beutler 193,457 62%

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