Jaime Herrera Beutler (born Jaime Lynn Herrera; November 3, 1978) is the U.S. Representative for Washington's 3rd congressional district. She is a member of the Republican Party, and is the youngest female U. S. Representative. She is a former Senior Legislative Aide for U.S. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Spokane) and a state representative for the 18th Legislative District in Washington State.
Early life, education, and early political career
Jaime Lynn Herrera was born in Glendale, California, and raised in Southwest Washington. She graduated from Prairie High School and the University of Washington. She earned a B.A. in Communications.
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. She was a Senior Legislative Aide for U.S. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Spokane).
Herrera moved back to the 18th legislative district, and was appointed to the Washington House of Representatives in 2007 to replace former Rep. Richard Curtis, who resigned amid a sex scandal. She went on to win re-election in 2008 with 60% of the vote.
She served on the Health Care and Wellness Committee, the Human Services Committee and the Transportation Committee.
U.S. House of Representatives
Herrera was the Republican nominee for Washington's 3rd congressional district, and defeated Democratic nominee Denny Heck for the 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.
During her campaign Herrera raised $1,557,220.57 in donations with 62% of contributions coming from individual contributors and 35% coming from political action committees. The biggest single contributor was the construction and mining contactor Kiewit Corporation, one of the largest contractors in the world.
Herrera pledged to provide solutions in Southwest Washington to help stimulate their economy. She praised the “Pledge to America” released by Congressional Republican leadership, which included ideas such as extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts and offering small businesses 20% tax deductions. She distinguished her plans for economic recovery from Democratic nominee Denny Heck’s asserting that the country is going in the wrong direction, and she would offer a new approach.
Herrera stated in a press release that government needs to be reigned in and that “More government spending won't create permanent, private sector jobs; it will jeopardize them…we need government to let entrepreneurs and investors do what they do best and grow businesses. Only then will new jobs be created in Southwest Washington.”
Although she received support from state Republican leaders U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers and former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton, Herrera stresses her independence with statements such as, "Neither political party has all the answers." The Columbian has called her "a rising star in the Republican Party".
On December 22, 2010, she announced that she has taken her husband's name and will now go by Jaime Herrera Beutler.
On January 24, 2011, Jaime Herrera Beutler 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.
On March 10th, Herrera 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.” The bill has been co-sponsored by Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin.
On November 15, 2011, Herrera announced that she would co-sponsor a bipartisan bill aimed at preventing insider trading among members of Congress. The "Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act", originally introduced by her predecessor, Democrat Brian Baird, would prohibit members of Congress from profiting from nonpublic information they obtain through their positions.
In August 2008, Herrera married her husband, Daniel Beutler, who works for SeaPort Airlines. The couple lives in Camas, Washington.
March 4, 2012