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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.

Community involvement:

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

News

  • What I’ve been up to this summer | E-newsletters - August 14, 2017
    Dear friends and neighbors, I’ve recently returned from attending the 2017 National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit, which was held in Boston this year. NCSL is a bipartisan organization that has been around since 1975. Its mission is... READ MORE
  • At Risk: 75,000 Jobs | E-newsletters - July 13, 2017
    Unless the Senate votes, $4.17 billion in construction projects won’t happen The House of Representatives passed a state capital budget on a 92-1 vote. But unless the Republican-controlled Senate acts, Washington State won’t have a construction budget this year. That... READ MORE
  • What would a state government shutdown mean? | E-newsletters - June 15, 2017
    Dear friends and neighbors, As most of you know, the Legislature is in the middle of a second special session to pass a new two-year budget for our state. Because control of the Legislature is divided (Republicans hold the Senate,... READ MORE
  • Listening to You | e-Newsletter - March 16, 2017
    Hello friends and neighbors, Last week was House of Origin Cutoff. In order for a bill to survive this deadline, it must pass out of the chamber in which it was introduced (House or Senate). I’m pleased many bills promoting... READ MORE
  • Media Advisory: 27th Legislative District town hall meeting on March 11 | News - March 3, 2017
    Who: State Sen. Jeannie Darneille, State Reps. Laurie Jinkins and Jake Fey What: Legislative Town Hall Meeting When: Saturday, March 11, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Where: The Evergreen State College, Tacoma Campus, 1210 6th Avenue, Tacoma Why: The legislators... READ MORE
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    District office (May-Jan):
    1901 S. Jefferson St., Suite 103
    Tacoma, WA 98402
    (253) 593-2033

    Olympia Address:
    JLOB 308
    PO Box 40600
    Olympia, WA 98504-0600
    (360) 786-7930

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    Legislative Assistant:
    Ann Dasch
    Email: Ann.Dasch@leg.wa.gov

    Toll-free Hotline:
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    1-800-635-9993 (TTY)

    Committees:
    Judiciary (Chair)
    Appropriations
    Health Care & Wellness

    For Press Inquiries:
    Jen Waldref
    (360) 786-7225
    jen.waldref@leg.wa.gov

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    (360) 786-7208
    Dan.Frizzell@leg.wa.gov

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