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Biography

Elected: 2010, 2nd term.

Born: November 3, 1978, Glendale, CA

Home: Camas

Education: U. of WA, B.A. 2004.

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

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.

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.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-3536

(202) 225-3478

LHOB- Longworth House Office Building Room 1130
Washington, DC 20515-4703

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-3536

(202) 225-3478

LHOB- Longworth House Office Building Room 1130
Washington, DC 20515-4703

DISTRICT OFFICE

(360) 695-6292

(360) 695-6197

750 Anderson Street Suite B
Vancouver, WA 98661-3853

DISTRICT OFFICE

(360) 695-6292

(360) 695-6197

750 Anderson Street Suite B
Vancouver, WA 98661-3853

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

(360) 597-3065

PO Box 1614
Ridgefield, WA 98642

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

PO Box 1614
Ridgefield, WA 98642

Staff

Sort by: Interest Name Title

Abortion

Jessica Wixson
Senior Legislative Assistant

Aerospace

Jordan Evich
Legislative Director

Courtney Webb
Legislative Correspondent

Agriculture

Jordan Evich
Legislative Director

Education

Jessica Wixson
Senior Legislative Assistant

Foreign

Jordan Evich
Legislative Director

Govt Ops

Courtney Webb
Legislative Correspondent

Gun Issues

Jordan Evich
Legislative Director

Health

Jessica Wixson
Senior Legislative Assistant

Homeland Security

Jordan Evich
Legislative Director

Housing

Jessica Wixson
Senior Legislative Assistant

Immigration

Jordan Evich
Legislative Director

Land Use

Jordan Evich
Legislative Director

Medicare

Jessica Wixson
Senior Legislative Assistant

Public Works

Jordan Evich
Legislative Director

Science

Courtney Webb
Legislative Correspondent

Seniors

Jessica Wixson
Senior Legislative Assistant

Social Security

Jessica Wixson
Senior Legislative Assistant

Technology

Jordan Evich
Legislative Director

Courtney Webb
Legislative Correspondent

Telecommunications

Anna Schartner
Legislative Assistant

Trade

Jordan Evich
Legislative Director

Transportation

Anna Schartner
Legislative Assistant

Veterans

Jessica Wixson
Senior Legislative Assistant

Women

Jessica Wixson
Senior Legislative Assistant

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Jaime Herrera Beutler
Votes: 177,446
Percent: 60.38%
Jon Haugen
Votes: 116,438
Percent: 39.62%
2012 PRIMARY
Jaime Herrera Beutler
Votes: 68,603
Percent: 56.51%
Jon Haugen
Votes: 45,693
Percent: 37.64%
Norma Stevens
Votes: 7,108
Percent: 5.85%
2010 GENERAL
Jaime Herrera Beutler
Votes: 152,799
Percent: 53.0%
Denny Heck
Votes: 135,654
Percent: 47.0%
2010 PRIMARY
Denny Heck
Votes: 51,895
Percent: 31.0%
Jaime Herrera Beutler
Votes: 46,001
Percent: 28.0%
David Hendrick
Votes: 22,621
Percent: 14.0%
David Costillo
Votes: 19,995
Percent: 12.0%
Cheryl Crist
Votes: 18,453
Percent: 11.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (53%)

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