Pramila Jayapal ~ U.S. House, District 7

Pramila came to the United States by herself when she was 16-years-old. She attended college at Georgetown University and went on to earn her MBA at Northwestern University. Before entering politics, she was a civil rights activist and executive director of OneAmerica, which fought for immigrants across the country. She also worked to enact a $15 minimum wage in Seattle. Elected to the State Senate in 2014, Pramila became one of the only women of color in the legislature. Sent to Congress in 2017, she was the first person of color that Democrats had ever elected to represent a congressional district in Washington. She also became the first South Asian woman to ever serve in Congress. Today, she is one of only 12 immigrants serving in Congress and one of 78 women of color to have ever been in Congress. As the Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, she has introduced legislation on Medicare for All, College for All, and Housing as a Human Right. She also currently serves on the House Judiciary Committee, the House Budget Committee, and the House Education and Labor committee.

On healthcare . . .

"It’s time for a health care system that is focused on patients, not profits; a system that recognizes health care is a right, not a privilege for the wealthy. We must ensure that everyone in our country has comprehensive, quality health care no matter their income, race, gender or zip code. It’s time for Medicare for All”

On the environment . . .

“As an organizer, I’ve fought to advance the cause of climate justice, and in the State Senate, I opposed Republican initiatives that would harm and degrade our environment. I will continue this fight in Washington, D.C. to safeguard our planet for the next generation."

Plans for Economy

“Workers are working harder and longer than ever before and are being shortchanged with stagnant wages while corporate profits continue to rise. Many feel like the American Dream is slipping further out of reach, but it doesn’t need to be this way. I will fight for an economy that works for everyone of us, not just the top 1%, because America’s economy is strongest when we all have the opportunity to succeed.”

Education Policy

Pramila knows that early education provides a strong start that can have a long lasting and far reaching positive impact in the lives of our children and our community. She was named a Children’s Alliance Champion in the State Senate for her efforts to pass the Early Start Act that put an additional $158 million into early childhood education and she’ll continue to be a strong advocate for early childhood education in Congress.

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