Elected Experience: State Senator (2013-present), State Representative (2007-2013), 43rd District.
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).
Education: Puyallup High School, Yale College, Yale Law School.
Community Service: Provided free legal assistance to local nonprofits, such as Lambert House and Seattle Men’s Chorus. Helped refugees win political asylum. Lead volunteer attorney for Lambda Legal in Washington state’s marriage equality case. Treasurer and Sunday School teacher, Central Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill. Cub Scout den leader. Bicycle commuter.
Statement: Jamie Pedersen has worked for the people of the 43rd District since 2007. As House Judiciary Committee Chair, he led efforts to pass marriage equality, ensure parentage rights for all families, and create social purpose corporations so businesses can put workers and environmental protection before profits. He organized court challenges overturning three Tim Eyman initiatives; now simple legislative majorities can close unfair tax loopholes to fund education and other vital services.
Jamie has served in the Senate since 2013. As Senate Law & Justice Committee Chair, he has championed gun safety, police accountability, abolishing the death penalty, and reforming the criminal justice system. Jamie has worked relentlessly to fund expansion of light rail and bus service and protect neighborhoods around SR520 and I-5 from noise.
Jamie has led efforts for full funding of public schools, so every child can get an excellent education. Jamie and his husband Eric, a former high school teacher and administrator, have four sons in Seattle Public Schools and live on Capitol Hill.
Endorsements include Alliance for Gun Responsibility, League of Education Voters, Seattle Education Association, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Washington Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, Washington State Labor Council, and Seattle Firefighters Local 27.