Elected Experience: State Representative, 43rd District (elected 2006, reelected twice).
Other Professional Experience: Vice President and General Counsel at McKinstry, a local engineering and construction firm whose hundreds of skilled union workers excel in environmentally responsible building. Lawyer, K&L Gates (1995-2012). Provided free legal assistance to local nonprofits. Helped refugees win political asylum. Lead volunteer attorney for Lambda Legal in Washington marriage equality case.
Education: Puyallup High School, Yale College and Yale Law School.
Community Service: Jamie and his partner, Eric Pedersen, a former high school teacher and assistant principal, are the proud parents of four boys: Trygve, Leif, Erik and Anders. They live on Capitol Hill.
Statement: As House Judiciary Committee Chair, Representative Jamie Pedersen fought for us – defending family planning, reproductive choice and access to healthcare, winning marriage equality and parentage rights for all families, protecting education funding, creating social purpose corporations that let businesses put people and the environment before profits, protecting neighborhoods from 520 construction, and organizing the legal challenge to Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1053, which requires supermajority approval to close unfair tax loopholes.
Endorsed by: Democratic Party, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Washington Conservation Voters, League of Education Voters, SEIU Local 925, Cascade Bicycle Club. Keep Jamie fighting for us!