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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 byBrian Baird
Member of the Washington House of Representatives
from the 18th district
In office
November 29, 2007 – January 4, 2011
Preceded byRichard Curtis
Succeeded byAnn Rivers
Personal details
Born
Jaime Lynn Herrera

(1978-11-03) November 3, 1978 (age 42)
Glendale, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Daniel Beutler
(m. 2008)
Children3
EducationBellevue College
University of Washington (BA)
WebsiteHouse website

Jaime Lynn Herrera Beutler (/həˈrɛrə ˈbʌtlər/ BUT-lər;[1] born November 3, 1978) is an American politician who is the U.S. Representative for Washington's 3rd congressional district. The district includes much of the southwestern quadrant of the state, but most of the voters live on the Washington side of the Portland metropolitan area. A Republican, Herrera Beutler was appointed to the Washington House of Representatives in 2007 and elected to that body in 2008. In 2010, she was elected to represent Washington's 3rd congressional district in Congress. Herrera Beutler has been reelected five times.

Herrera Beutler was one of ten Republicans to vote to impeach Donald Trump after the January 6, 2021, siege of the U.S. Capitol.[2][3] During the Senate trial, she issued a statement (after both sides had rested their cases) that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had said that he spoke by phone with Trump during the insurrection, asking him "to publicly and forcefully call off the riot"[4] and for help with resources to defend the Capitol.[5] According to Beutler, McCarthy said that Trump insisted that the rioters were with Antifa, not his supporters; McCarthy rejected the assertion.[4] Her statement, via Twitter, said, "That's when, according to McCarthy, the president said: 'Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.'"[5][4][6] The next day, lead House Impeachment Manager Jamie Raskin asked the Senate for permission to call her as a witness.[7]

Early life, education, and early career[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.[8][9] She was raised in Ridgefield, where her father was a lithographer.[10] She was home-schooled through ninth grade, and graduated from Prairie High School, where she played basketball. In 2004, Herrera earned a B.A. in communications from the University of Washington.[11]

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, who later supported her campaigns.[12] She was a senior legislative aide to U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers.[13]

Washington State House of Representatives[edit]

2008 election[edit]

Herrera moved back to the 18th Legislative District to run for state representative, and was appointed to the Washington House of Representatives in 2007 to replace Richard Curtis, who resigned amid a sex scandal.[14] She won the 2008 election to retain her seat with 60% of the vote.[15]

Tenure[edit]

Herrera 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. Governor Christine Gregoire signed it into law on March 27, 2008.[16]

During her time in the House, Herrera also opposed Senate Bill 5967, which mandated equal treatment of the sexes in community athletic programs run by cities, school districts, and private leagues.[17]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Health Care and Wellness
  • Human Services
  • Transportation[18]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2010[edit]

Herrera ran for Washington's 3rd congressional district when Democratic incumbent Brian Baird retired. She 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.[19][20][21]

Herrera raised over $1.5 million in contributions, 62% of which came from individual contributors and 35% from political action committees. The biggest single contributor was construction and mining contractor Kiewit Corporation, which gave her campaign over $16,000.[22]

During the campaign, she received support from state Republican leaders Cathy McMorris Rodgers and former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton.[12] The Columbian called her "a rising star in the Republican Party".[12] In October, Herrera 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 recast herself as the outsider as she takes on a longtime Democratic pol in November."[23]

In the November general election, Herrera defeated Heck, 53%–47%.[24] She won five of the district's six counties.[25] Heck later represented Washington's 10th congressional district, serving alongside Herrera.[26]

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

2012[edit]

Herrera Beutler announced her candidacy for reelection 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.[27] By the end of the campaign, she had raised more than $1.5 million to Haugen's $10,000.[28] She defeated Haugen 60%–40%.[29]

2014[edit]

Herrera Beutler ran for reelection in 2014. She faced Republican challenger Michael Delavar and Democratic challenger Bob Dingethal.[30][31] Dingethal and Herrera Beutler advanced to the general election, where Herrera Beutler defeated Dingethal, 60% to 40%.[32]

2016[edit]

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%.

2018[edit]

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 received just over 50% of the vote.[33] In the general election, Herrera Beutler defeated Long with 53% percent of the vote, the closest race since her first campaign. She is now one of only two Republicans, the other being Don Young of Alaska, representing a seat west of the Cascades or on the Pacific Coast.

2020[edit]

Herrera Beutler received over 56% of the vote in the blanket primary and Long just under 40%, setting up a rematch between the two.[34] In the general election, Herrera Beutler won by a larger margin than in 2018, defeating Long by about 13 points.[35]

2022[edit]

Former Green Beret Joe Kent is challenging Herrera Beutler in the 2022 Republican primary for Congress.[36] A Trump supporter, Kent is running because of her vote to impeach Trump.[36]

Tenure[edit]

Hererra Beutler, speaking on the House floor in November 2012

In March 2011, Herrera Beutler introduced her first bill to Congress. The Savings Start With Us Act would reduce the salaries of members of Congress, the president, and the vice president by 10%.[13]

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, but would dedicate a good deal of time to Abigail's care.[37][38][39]

In June 2014, Herrera Beutler proposed the Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act, which would help coordinate care for children met with medical complexities in Medicaid.[40] The bill was passed by a committee, but did not get a vote on the House floor.[41]

Herrera Beutler is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership[42][43] and the Congressional Western Caucus.[44]

In the first impeachment of Donald Trump, on December 18, 2019, Herrera Beutler voted against both articles of impeachment, along with all other voting Republicans.[45] On January 12, 2021, she announced her support for Trump's second impeachment, after the storming of the U.S. Capitol six days earlier, citing "indisputable evidence" of Trump's impeachable conduct. She blamed him for inciting the storming and upbraided him for continuing to push lawmakers to object to certifying the results of the presidential election rather than "doing anything meaningful to stop the attack". She called Trump's initial statement denouncing the violence "pathetic". Responding to claims that impeaching Trump would only "inflame Republican voters", Herrera Beutler said that as a Republican herself, she believed that she and other Republicans "will be best served when those among us choose truth".[46] The next day, she and nine other Republican representatives voted to impeach Trump.[47] In response to backlash from Republicans in her district over her vote, Herrera Beutler made several Twitter posts on January 15 expanding on her reasoning, citing "indisputable and publicly available facts" that proved Trump had engaged in impeachable conduct.[48] She said Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy asked Trump to tell the rioters to cease and desist and Trump responded, "Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are."[49] She told a CNN reporter that the quote showed that "either [Trump] didn't care, which is impeachable, because you cannot allow an attack on your soil, or he wanted it to happen and was OK with it, which makes me so angry."[49]

In March 2021, she voted against the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.[50]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Political positions[edit]

During the 117th United States Congress, which began in 2021, Herrera Beutler has voted with her party 90% of the time, ranking her the 35th most bipartisan member of the House.[56] During Trump's presidency, Herrera Beutler voted in line with his position 79.7% of the time.[57] Her partisan reputation has softened as her tenure in Congress has lengthened.[58]

Bio-defense[edit]

In 2019, the Alliance for Biosecurity, a consortium of companies that develop products to respond to national security threats, gave Herrera Beutler its 2019 Congressional Biosecurity Champion Award. The award is given once a year to a member of Congress who works to improve the country's ability to prevent and combat major bio-security threats to national security.[59]

Budget[edit]

In April 2011, Herrera Beutler voted for Paul Ryan's budget, which would have lowered taxes for the highest earners from 35% to 25% and made Medicare a voucher system.[60]

Donald Trump[edit]

In December 2019, Herrera Beutler voted against impeaching President Trump, saying that there was inadequate proof that he engaged in obstruction of justice and abuse of power.[61][62] In 2021, she voted in favor of Trump's second impeachment in the wake of the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol, which she blamed him for inciting.[63][64]

On May 19, 2021, Herrera Beutler was one of 35 Republicans who joined all Democrats in voting to approve legislation to establish the January 6 commission meant to investigate the storming of the U.S. Capitol.[65]

Health care[edit]

Herrera Beutler favors repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).[66] In March 2017, she said she would vote against the American Health Care Act, a Republican replacement for Obamacare, because of its adverse effects on children who depend on Medicaid.[67]

Immigration[edit]

After Trump implemented an executive order banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, The Seattle Times reported in January 2017 that Herrera Beutler "was vaguely critical of the order, without saying she opposed it or calling for any specific changes".[68]

Iraq[edit]

In June 2021, Herrera Beutler was one of 49 House Republicans to vote to repeal the AUMF against Iraq.[69][70]

LGBT rights[edit]

Herrera Beutler opposes same-sex marriage.[66][71]

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 act, the military chain of command would lose the power to evaluate and respond to such incidents. "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."[72]

In December 2017, 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.[73]

Personal life[edit]

In August 2008, Herrera married Daniel Beutler, who worked for SeaPort Airlines.[1] The couple lives in Camas, Washington.[18] In December 2010, she announced that she had taken her husband's name, and would thenceforth be known as Jaime Herrera Beutler.[1]

In May 2013, Herrera Beutler announced that she and her husband were expecting their first child. In June 2013, she announced that her unborn child had been diagnosed with Potter's Syndrome, an often fatal condition in which abnormally low amniotic fluid caused by impaired kidney function inhibits normal lung development. 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 said she tried several hospitals, and told CNN that "most wouldn't even return her calls". Finally, a doctor at Johns Hopkins agreed to try this treatment. The results were instantaneous. For four weeks, she drove every morning from the District of Columbia to Baltimore for injections.[74]

Herrera Beutler is the ninth woman in history to give birth while serving in Congress.[75][76] On July 29, 2013, it was announced that her baby had been born two weeks earlier, at 28 weeks' gestation. The girl, Abigail, was born without kidneys, and became 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."[77] On July 24, 2013, Herrera Beutler was absent for a roll call vote concerning the NSA, citing health reasons. When she revealed Abigail's birth, it was understood that it was her reason for missing what was considered an important vote.[78]

In early December 2013, it was announced that Abigail would be going home from the hospital nearly six months after her birth.[79][80] On February 8, 2016, at age two, she received a kidney from her father at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford in California.[81][82][83]

In May 2016, Herrera Beutler gave birth to a boy.[84] In May 2019, she gave birth to her third child, a girl named Isana.[85] Her husband is a stay-at-home father.[86]

Electoral history[edit]

Washington's 3rd congressional district
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
2010[87] Denny Heck 135,654 47% Jaime Herrera Beutler 152,799 53%
2012[88] Jon T. Haugen 116,438 40% Jaime Herrera Beutler 177,446 60%
2014[89] Bob Dingethal 78,018 38% Jaime Herrera Beutler 124,796 62%
2016[90] Jim Moeller 119,820 38% Jaime Herrera Beutler 193,457 62%
2018[91] Carolyn Long 145,407 47% Jaime Herrera Beutler 161,819 53%
2020[92] Carolyn Long 181,347 43% Jaime Herrera Beutler 235,579 56% *

* Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 2020, write-ins received 977 votes.

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Brian Baird
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 3rd congressional district

2011–present
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Cynthia Lummis
Chair of the Congressional Women's Caucus
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