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Phone: 202-225-3536

Address: 1130 LHOB, DC 20515

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Phone: (360) 695-6292

Address: 750 Anderson Street, Vancouver WA 98661-3853

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Jaime Herrera Beutler Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: Washington 3
  • Born: Nov. 03, 1978, Glendale, CA
  • Home: Camas
  • Education:

    U. of WA, B.A. 2004.

  • Professional Career:

    Legis. aide, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., 2005-07.

  • Political Career:

    WA House, 2007-10.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Christian

  • Family: Married (Daniel Beutler); 1 children

Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler, elected in 2010, is a young Latina—exactly the kind of politician that her party wants in its ranks. She assists the GOP on its efforts on that front while compiling a business-friendly centrist voting record. Read More

Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler, elected in 2010, is a young Latina—exactly the kind of politician that her party wants in its ranks. She assists the GOP on its efforts on that front while compiling a business-friendly centrist voting record.

Herrera Beutler (her-RARE-uh BUT-ler) grew up in the region. Her father was a printer, and her parents raised six children, and finances were tight. It was a blended family—her parents took in an uncle’s children to shelter them from gangs and violence in Southern California. “My parents demonstrated it’s better to sacrifice your own personal comfort at times,” she told National Journal. She took a job as a nanny to help pay her way through college. She started out studying nursing, but took time off from her studies after concluding that nursing wasn’t the right field for her. Herrera Beutler ultimately got a degree in communications from the University of Washington in 2004. She got involved in politics as a teenager, knocking on doors for Republican candidates in the 1994 campaign that resulted in the GOP capturing majorities in both chambers of Congress. While in college, she scored a prestigious White House internship.

After graduating, she worked as a legislative aide to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., who became her mentor. Herrera Beutler specialized in health care, education, and veterans and women’s issues. When a seat unexpectedly opened up in the state legislature in fall 2007, she was appointed, and two years later, she won the election in her own right with 60% of the vote. She served on the health, transportation, and human services committees and became the assistant floor leader, the only woman and minority on the Republican leadership team.

When six-term Democratic Rep. Brian Baird announced that he would retire at the end of his term in 2010, Herrera Beutler, then 31 and a newlywed, discussed getting into the race with her husband, Daniel Beutler, who was about to start law school. They decided to delay his plans so she could run. “We didn’t want to look back in 10 or 20 years and say to our children we were too comfortable to do what was right,” she said. Herrera Beutler beat out a crowded Republican primary field that included two tea party-backed candidates, winning 28% of the vote, 14 percentage points ahead of her closest competitor. She was the GOP establishment pick in the race and got help from the National Republican Congressional Committee, which put her on its “Young Guns” list of candidates worthy of funding and advertising.

In the general election campaign, Herrera Beutler was swamped by her opponent’s fundraising. Media and technology entrepreneur Denny Heck raised $2 million, including $350,000 of his own money, to her $1.5 million. Heck ran as a moderate Democrat and emphasized his experience in business creating jobs. Still, she remained competitive. She criticized Heck for his support of the health care overhaul championed by Democrats in Congress and of President Barack Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus bill. Her television ads concluded, “For fiscal sanity, Jaime Herrera for Congress.” Riding that year’s GOP tidal wave, she won 53%-47%.

In Washington, Herrera Beutler has been among the most moderate members of the Class of 2010. She has been loyal to the GOP leadership on most major votes, at least partly because of McMorris Rodgers’ influence. In the 112th Congress (2011-12), she opposed many conservative attempts to drastically reduce funding for or eliminate agencies such as the Legal Services Corp. and Foreign Agricultural Service. She also joined most Democrats in protecting funding for the Endangered Species Act. Oregon GOP Rep. Greg Walden, taking over in 2013 as the new chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, appointed her vice chairman of his minority outreach effort. “I think we can do a better job of tone,” she told The Columbian of Vancouver about her party’s relationship with Hispanics. She expressed reservations about legislative proposals to reduce gun violence, citing her own experience in her early 20s when a man repeatedly tried to break into her house. She said owning a gun gave her peace of mind.

Herrera Beutler initially got a seat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and joined Oregon Democrat Kurt Schrader in leading objections to a federal court’s 2011 decision that water runoff from forest roads must be regulated the same as runoff from factories and sewage treatment plants. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 reversed the decision, which she said would have led forestland owners and logging companies to go through a lengthy process of obtaining new permits. She left the Transportation panel in 2013 to take a plum seat on the Appropriations Committee.

In 2012, Herrera Beutler coasted to a 60%-40% reelection win over underfunded Democrat Jon Haugen.

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Jaime Herrera Beutler Election Results
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2012 General (Top-Two General)
Jaime Herrera Beutler (R)
Votes: 177,446
Percent: 60.38%
Jon Haugen (D)
Votes: 116,438
Percent: 39.62%
2012 Primary (Top-Two Primary)
Jaime Herrera Beutler (R)
Votes: 68,603
Percent: 56.51%
Jon Haugen (D)
Votes: 45,693
Percent: 37.64%
Norma Stevens
Votes: 7,108
Percent: 5.85%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (53%)
Jaime Herrera Beutler Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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Economic 52 (L) : 48 (C) 49 (L) : 51 (C) 51 (L) : 48 (C)
Social 30 (L) : 69 (C) 30 (L) : 68 (C) 44 (L) : 55 (C)
Foreign 48 (L) : 52 (C) 51 (L) : 48 (C) 46 (L) : 53 (C)
Composite 43.5 (L) : 56.5 (C) 43.8 (L) : 56.2 (C) 47.5 (L) : 52.5 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC90100
LCV149
CFG5360
ITIC-100
NTU7466
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ACLU-7
ACU6776
ADA105
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Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
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