Making history in 2016 as the first South Asian American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal has become one of the most influential, iconic, progressive, and tireless fighters for justice in Congressional history, all in 3 short years.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Congresswoman Jayapal worked for decades in global public health and as an award-winning national advocate for women’s, immigrant, civil, and human rights. Congresswoman Jayapal founded and served as Executive Director of OneAmerica, the largest immigration advocacy organization in Washington State and one of the largest in the country.
In Congress, Congresswoman Jayapal has been a leader on issues relating to immigration, income inequality, healthcare, and climate justice, authoring landmark pieces of progressive legislation including the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act, the National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, and the College for All Act. Congresswoman Jayapal has also championed legislation implementing a federal $15 minimum wage, expanding collective bargaining rights for workers, and transitioning our economy to 100% clean energy.
Congresswoman Jayapal is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, where she serves as Vice Chair of the Immigration Subcommittee, and on the House Education & Labor and Budget Committees. She is also the elected Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which represents approximately 40% of the entire Democratic caucus; the Immigration Subcommittee Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific Asian Caucus; and a Vice Chair of the Congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus.