About Jaime

Jaime has a deep appreciation for what makes Southwest Washington special, and has championed solutions back in Congress to make life better for this region’s residents.  As your federal representative, she has held true to her core beliefs: lower taxes, limited government, and expanding opportunity.  And she’s built a solid record of fighting for them every day in Congress.


Jaime grew up in Southwest Washington.  She graduated from Prairie High School, where she was a member of the Prairie’s women’s basketball team.  Some of her favorite childhood activities included 4-H, fishing at Battle Ground Lake on opening day and swimming in the Lewis River.


Jaime attended the University of Washington, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. She later served as a Senior Legislative Aide for Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Spokane) and was her lead advisor on health care policy, education, veterans’ and women’s issues. In 2007, she was appointed to serve as a State Representative to Washington State’s 18th Legislative District by Democrat and Republican County Commissioners from Clark and Cowlitz Counties. She was reelected by 60% of the voters in 2008, and served in that position until being elected to Congress in 2010.


Elected as this region’s federal representative in 2010 at the age of 31, Jaime is currently one of the youngest women currently serving in the U.S. Congress and is the first Hispanic in history to represent Washington State in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Jaime has been nationally recognized for her efforts to support job creators and help citizens pursue the American Dream.  Jaime has successfully championed tax relief for small business, is a leader in efforts to keep Southwest Washington’s ports and waterways productive, worked with our region’s fishing industry to protect and grow the jobs that industry provides, fought against over-burdensome regulations that would hamper agriculture production, and led a bill that expanded opportunities for more than 900 Southwest Washington small contracting businesses that was signed into law.  Jaime has also hosted seven annual “Southwest Washington Jobs Fairs” that allow residents to pursue new employment, higher wages and better benefits by meeting face-to-face with employers that are hiring.


Jaime has fought hard for our veterans, and is working to reduce the wait times many face to obtain necessary medical care. She was also the driving force to successfully bring the VA’s Mobile Unit to Pacific County so that our rural veterans did not have to make long drives for routine medical services.  She knows that our military heroes have earned and deserve high quality health care for the sacrifices they made for our nation.


Jaime is one of only a few women to start a family while serving in Congress – an experience that has helped her become a leading expert and advocate in Congress on maternity care issues.  She cofounded the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Maternity Care, an effort to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing moms in the U.S.  One of its first actions was to successfully pave the way for adding a critical B vitamin to corn masa that is shown to prevent fatal birth defects in many low-income populations. 


Jaime, her husband Daniel, and their three children make Battle Ground their home.

Champion for Children’s Health – In recognition of her bipartisan ACE Kids Act that helps low-income medically-complex children access life-saving treatment. President Trump signed ACE Kids into law in 2019.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 2019 Public Service Award – In recognition of her efforts to reverse America’s maternal mortality crisis.

Society for Maternal – Fetal Medicine, High-risk pregnancy experts.  In recognition of her leadership in the Congressional Caucus on Maternity Care and for her tireless advocacy efforts on behalf of mothers and infants.

Children’s National Glass Bear Award – In recognition of her strong leadership and advocacy for children’s healthcare.
American Society of Transplantation Legislator of the Year Award

Legislative Champion for Maternal and Child Health Award

“Spirit of Enterprise” Award for Supporting Job Creators
Jaime was awarded the “Spirit of Enterprise” by the U.S. Chamber – the world’s largest business federation at more than 3 million businesses strong — for her legislative work on behalf of small, medium and large businesses.

“Hero of Main Street” Award from the association representing the nation’s retail businesses.

“Taxpayers’ Friend Award” for Fiscally Responsible Voting Record

“Guardian of Small Business” Award
Scored a perfect 100% on small business issues by National Federation of Independent Business

Friends of Farm Bureau award for supporting Washington’s agricultural industry on the national level

“Champion of Change” award from the National Down Syndrome Society

“Defender of Housing” award from the National Association of Home Builders

National Association of Manufacturers award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence

Guardian Award for Social Security