Jaime has a deep appreciation for what makes Southwest Washington special, and has championed solutions back in Congress to make life better for this region’s residents. As your federal representative, she has held true to her core beliefs: lower taxes, limited government, and expanding opportunity. And she’s built a solid record of fighting for them every day in Congress.
Jaime grew up in Southwest Washington. She graduated from Prairie High School, where she was a member of the Prairie’s women’s basketball team. Some of her favorite childhood activities included 4-H, fishing at Battle Ground Lake on opening day and swimming in the Lewis River.
Jaime attended the University of Washington, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. She later served as a Senior Legislative Aide for Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Spokane) and was her lead advisor on health care policy, education, veterans’ and women’s issues. In 2007, she was appointed to serve as a State Representative to Washington State’s 18th Legislative District by Democrat and Republican County Commissioners from Clark and Cowlitz Counties. She was reelected by 60% of the voters in 2008, and served in that position until being elected to Congress in 2010. Elected as this region’s federal representative in 2010 at the age of 31, Jaime is currently one of the youngest women currently serving in the U.S. Congress and is the first Hispanic in history to represent Washington State in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Jaime has been nationally recognized for her efforts to support job creators and help citizens pursue the American Dream. Jaime has successfully championed tax relief for small business, is a leader in efforts to keep Southwest Washington’s ports and waterways productive, worked with our region’s fishing industry to protect and grow the jobs that industry provides, fought against over-burdensome regulations that would hamper agriculture production, and led a bill that expanded opportunities for more than 900 Southwest Washington small contracting businesses that was signed into law. Jaime has also hosted six annual “Southwest Washington Jobs Fairs” that allow residents to pursue new employment, higher wages and better benefits by meeting face-to-face with employers that are hiring. Jaime has fought hard for our veterans, and is working to reduce the wait times many face to obtain necessary medical care. She was also the driving force to successfully bring the VA’s Mobile Unit to Pacific County so that our rural veterans did not have to make long drives for routine medical services.
She knows that our military heroes have earned and deserve high quality health care for the sacrifices they made for our nation. Jaime is one of only a few women to start a family while serving in Congress – an experience that has helped her become a leading expert and advocate in Congress on maternity care issues. She cofounded the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Maternity Care, an effort to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing moms in the U.S. One of its first actions was to successfully pave the way for adding a critical B vitamin to corn masa that is shown to prevent fatal birth defects in many low-income populations.
Jaime has also been a leading proponent for funding to combat the Zika virus. Jaime, her husband Daniel, their daughter Abigail, and son Ethan make Battle Ground their home.