Laurie Jinkins represents the 27th Legislative District in Pierce County, which includes East, Downtown, Hilltop, North, Northeast, West, and part of South Tacoma as well as Ruston and Fife Heights.
She is a native Midwesterner who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and later a Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law (then the University of Puget Sound School Of Law). Jinkins also completed executive studies at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Jinkins started her career litigating child abuse and neglect cases for the state Attorney General’s Office. She then shifted her career toward public health, eventually serving as an assistant secretary of health at the state Department of Health before taking the position of Director of Organizational Initiatives at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, where she continues to serve.
Jinkins serves on the Appropriations and Health Care and Wellness committees, and chairs the Judiciary Committee. Her legislative priorities include improving our schools and health care, helping working families and transforming Washington’s revenue structure.
Jinkins lives in Tacoma with her wife, Laura Wulf, and their 16-year-old son.
Fair Housing Washington, board member (current)
Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, board member (current)
Tacoma Rotary 8, member (current)
Tacoma Community College, board member, chair (1998-2010)
Tacoma-Pierce County American Leadership Forum, board member, chair (2003-10)
Approve Referendum 71, campaign co-chair (2009)
Tacoma Community House, board member, chair (2004-09)
Seattle University School of Law, board member (2002-06)
Tacoma Charter Review Committee (local government reform), chair (2004)
Tacoma United for Fairness, chair (2002)
The Tacoma-Pierce County YWCA, board member, president (1991-96)
Tacoma Hate Crimes Task Force, chair (1990-92)
Honors and Awards:
Washington State Denturist Association, Legislative Champion, 2014
Tacoma Rotary Wickens Award, 2014
Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Public Policy Maker of the Year Award, 2014
National Association of Local Boards of Health Legislator of the Year, 2013
Children’s Alliance Legislative Champion, 2013
Tacoma Community College Honorary Degree Recipient, 2011
Fuse Sizzle “Mother Jones” Award, 2011
Pride Foundation, Rainbow Center’s Diamond Hall of Fame Award, 2011
Weekly Volcano’s Best New Political Power, 2011
Recognized by the Puget Sound Business Examiner as a Woman of Influence, 2007
Governor’s Award for Leadership in Management, 2007
Dear friends and neighbors, This is Committee Assembly week in Olympia, which is when House and Senate committees meet to discuss priorities for the upcoming legislative session. The House Judiciary committee, which I chair, is holding a work session tomorrow...
Dear friends and neighbors, On Saturday, my 27th Legislative District seatmates and I held the first of three “Community Conversation Hours” in Tacoma. Among the topics discussed were concerns over recent actions by President Trump detrimental to our health care...
Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, is offering a number of informal “office hours” in neighborhoods across the district between now and the end of the year. On Tuesday, October 3rd, the first of these informal events took place at Old Town...
Dear friends and neighbors, Fall is officially here as of tomorrow, but we’ve been bidding summer goodbye all week with the return of cooler temperatures and the arrival of (much-needed) rain in our region. I am sorry to begin this...
August 24, 2017 Dear friends and neighbors, It’s that time of year again when students and their families begin prepping for the upcoming school year. It’s hard to believe summer is coming to a close already. Back-to-school can feel a...
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1901 S. Jefferson St., Suite 103
Tacoma, WA 98402
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Olympia, WA 98504-0600
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