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Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal represents Washington’s 7th District, which encompasses most of Seattle and surrounding areas. She is committed to ensuring that every resident
of the district has economic opportunity; fairness and
equity; and safe and healthy communities. The  rst Indian- American woman in the House of Representatives, Jayapal has spent the last twenty years working internationally and domestically as a leading national advocate for women’s, immigrant, civil, and human rights.
After working in the private sector, Jayapal’s non-pro t and public sector experience began in 1991 at Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH). She went on to become a Fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs, living for two years in villages and small towns across her birth country of India, exploring development issues.
After the September 11, 2001 attacks, Jayapal founded the nonpro t Hate Free Zone (now OneAmerica). She served as Executive Director for 11 years, growing the organization to be the largest immigrant advocacy organization in Washington state and one of the largest in the country. She was appointed by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to the Income Inequality Committee that crafted the successful legislation to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15.
She has won numerous awards for her work. In May 2013, Jayapal was recognized by President Obama as a White House “Champion of Change.”
Jayapal was born in Chennai, India and her parents still reside in India. Jayapal lives in Seattle with her husband Steve. She is the proud mother of a son and step-son, Janak and Michael, and their 65-pound labradoodle, Otis.
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