Biography

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

  • Statements from Reps. Laurie Jinkins and Christine Kilduff on today’s announcement of federal de-certification of Western State Hospital: | News - June 25, 2018
    “Since 2015 the Legislature has invested $380 million to increase behavioral health services and treatment capacity in our communities, as well as to address deficiencies at Western State Hospital that will improve treatment and safety for both patients and staff.... READ MORE
  • Putting people first: Consumer protection | E-newsletters - May 10, 2018
    Dear friends and neighbors, This is my last e-newsletter for a bit (see below for why), and I’ve chosen to devote it to highlighting some of the consumer protection-measures that passed the Legislature this year. The theme for the 2018... READ MORE
  • A higher education update from Rep. Laurie Jinkins | E-newsletters - April 26, 2018
    Dear friends and neighbors, It’s that time of year when high school seniors are figuring out what they’re going to do next. For many, higher education is the next step, either at a community college or technical school, or at... READ MORE
  • Access to Democracy bills and upcoming events | E-newsletters - April 12, 2018
    Dear friends and neighbors, It’s been just over a month since the 2018 session concluded, and all bills passed during the session have now been signed into law. Most go into effect on June 7th. For a complete list of... READ MORE
  • Letter to students participating in the March For Our Lives Tacoma event on 3/24/18 | News - March 26, 2018
    Click here to read the letter Rep. Laurie Jinkins sent to students at Truman Middle School who helped organize the March For Our Lives Tacoma event.
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    Contact

    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

    Email Laurie

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

    Toll-free Hotline:
    1-800-562-6000
    1-800-635-9993 (TTY)

    Committees:
    Judiciary (Chair)
    Appropriations
    Health Care & Wellness

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

    For broadcast-quality audio or TV/radio interviews:
    Dan Frizzell, Broadcast Coordinator
    (360) 786-7208
    Dan.Frizzell@leg.wa.gov


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