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

  • State budget fully funds education, cuts property taxes | E-newsletters - March 15, 2018
    Dear friends and neighbors, Exactly one week ago, the 2018 legislative session adjourned – on time! – in Olympia. It was a thrill to be with colleagues and staff on the House floor as the gavel came down on a... READ MORE
  • NY Times: One State’s Quest to Introduce Long-Term Care Benefits | News - March 9, 2018
    OLYMPIA, Wash. — For a few weeks this year, the rarest of things seemed like it was about to occur. A state, in this case Washington, was working to pass a bill that would institute a new payroll tax to... READ MORE
  • An update from Rep. Laurie Jinkins: Day 60 | E-newsletters - March 8, 2018
    Dear friends and neighbors, Today is Day 60, the final day of the 2018 legislative session. The House has passed the final supplemental budget, and the Senate will do so some time today too, sending it to the governor’s desk... READ MORE
  • SB 6617: I heard you loud and clear | E-newsletters - March 2, 2018
    SB 6617 has been vetoed. I support the veto. I want to thank all of you who reached out to me and let me know your disappointment in my vote for SB 6617. The bill opened up legislative calendars, all correspondence... READ MORE
  • Statement by Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, on today’s passage of the Legislative Public Records Act | News - February 23, 2018
    “Today the Legislature took an important first step into the sunshine with the passage of the Legislative Public Records Act. Openness and transparency in government are crucial components of democracy. While I would have preferred for the bill to travel... 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

    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

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


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