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Pramila Jayapal's Biography


Contact Information

1904 3rd Avenue, Suite 510
Seattle, WA 98101

2346 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Full Name:

Pramila Jayapal




Husband: Steve; 1 Child: Janak; 1 Stepchild: Michael

Birth Date:


Birth Place:

Chennai, India

Home City:

Columbia City, WA

MBA, Marketing & Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School, Northwestern University, 1988-1990

BA, English Language and Literature/Letters, Georgetown University, 1982-1986

Representative, United States House of Representatives, Washington, District 7, 2017-present

Candidate, United States House of Representatives, Washington, District 7, 2016, 2018, 2020

Senator, Washington State Senate, District 37, 2015-2016

Candidate, Washington State Senate, District 37, 2014

Former Member, Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, United States House of Representatives

Distinguished Taconic Fellow, Center for Community Change, 2012-2014

Founder/Executive Director, OneAmerica, 2001-2012

Independent Consultant, Pramila Jayapal Consulting, 1997-2001

Fellow, Institute of Current World Affairs, 1995-1997

Director, Fund for Technology Transfer, Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), 1991-1995

Account Consultant, Physio-Control Corporation, 1990-1991

Intern, Population and Community Development Association, 1989

Financial Analyst, Leveraged Buyouts, PaineWebber Incorporated, 1986-1988

Executive Committee, Fair Immigration Reform Movement, present

Member, National Partnership for New Americans, present

Former Member, Income Inequality Advisory Committee, City of Seattle

Co-Founder/Chair, We Belong Together, 2013-2014


Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, Frederick Douglass 200

Carnegie Corporation, 2018 "Great Immigrants" Honoree

Immigrant Legal Resource Center, 2018 Nancy Pelosi Award for Policy

Voices for National Service, 2018 Outstanding New Member Award

National Association of Community Health Centers, 2018 Distinguished Community Health Advocate

Humane Society, 2018 Humane Champion

Immigrants' List, 2018 Awardee for dedicated work in immigration law & service to our country

Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition, 2017 Leadership Image Award

National Council of Asian Indian Associations (NCAIA), 2017 Award for Historic Election as First Indian American Congresswoman

Women's Information Network, 2017 Rising Star Award

Kerala Center, 2017 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Political Leadership

India Community Center, 2017 Inspire Award

American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), 2017 Distinguished Community Service Award

2013 White House "Champion of Change"

Pets (include names):

Dog: Otis


Pramila is the author of a memoir, Pilgrimage to India: A Woman Revisits Her Homeland, as well as numerous essays, articles, and guest editorials, including many co-authored with national leaders, such as Gloria Steinem.