Jaime Herrera Beutler is contesting in the upcoming primary elections in Washington. She is the US Representative from the state’s 3rd Congressional district.

Herrera Beutler, 43, is one of the 10 Republican party members who voted to impeach former US President Donald Trump last year. In Washington’s two-state primary election format, she is expected to go up against Trump-endorsed Joe Kent, a conservative cable show regular.

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Who is Jaime Herrera Beutler?

Jaime Herrera Beutler is a Republican Congresswoman in Washington, considered to be a Democratic stronghold. She first took office at the age of 31, becoming the first-ever Hispanic in Washington to have federal representation.

Herrera Beutler grew up in southwestern Washington, a region she now Represents in US Congress. She graduated from Prairie High School and was a member of Prairie’s women’s basketball team.

She also participated in activities like 4-H, fishing at Battle Ground Lake on opening day, and swimming in the Lewis River, according to her Congressional website.

Herrera Beutler went to the University of Washington to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. Her interest in US politics was sparked after working with Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a legislator. 

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Herrera Beutler later went on to serve as a State Representative in Washington’s 18th legislative district and held the office for three years. She was elected to the US House of Representatives in 2010.

Jaime Herrera Beutler currently serves as the senior member of the US House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee. One of her biggest achievements in the US Congress includes pushing a bill that addressed maternal mortality, the largest step Congress has taken to prevent moms from dying during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. The bill was eventually signed into law.