Laurie Jinkins

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Laurie Jinkins
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Washington House of Representatives District 27a
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
Master'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
J.D.Seattle University School of Law
Office website
Campaign website
Laurie Jinkins is a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 27a. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Jinkins earned a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, and completed executive studies at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. She is currently the deputy director of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, and previously held several positions within the Washington State Department of Health. She worked as an assistant attorney general in the state Office of the Attorney General, and remains active in many community organizations.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Jinkins served on the following committees:

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Health Care and Wellness, Vice-chair


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Jinkins served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Jinkins's campaign website highlights the following issues:[1]

Revenue Reform

  • Excerpt: "I believe that we need a tax system that is fair, adequate and stable. Washington State's current tax base relies too heavily on regressive, unreliable taxes, and I am a leader in promoting systemic reform."

Accountability and Reform

  • Excerpt: "I have a record of bringing positive change and accountability to troubled agencies, while always remembering the needs of people. My creative, smart, financially responsible approach is the right way to navigate the tough economy."


  • Excerpt: "As a PTA mom, I am dedicated to investing in our K-12 schools too. Even during the tough economy, our highest priority must be to provide educational excellence and opportunity for every child."

Jobs for Working Families

  • Excerpt: "Washington has regularly been ranked by independent sources as one of the top 5 states in the nation for small business. This largely stems from our innovative spirit, our strong higher education system and legislative efforts to make sure we advance smart regulation and support for our small businesses. I believe this is the right approach and will continue to support small business development."


  • Excerpt: "I advocate for modern, clean, green transit and transportation choices that work for everyone. For people this means more investment in transit, car pool incentives and non-motorized transportation. For freight, this means a fair regulatory environment, encouragement of multi-modal transportation, and protection and enhancement of the Port of Tacoma. The Port of Tacoma is a key to our economic strength, we must make sure it remains vital and busy, providing growth and jobs."



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 49 districts (98 seats) in the Washington House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A blanket primary election took place on August 5, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 17, 2014. Incumbent Laurie Jinkins (D) and Rodger Deskins (R) defeated Robert Hill (I) in the primary. Jinkins and Deskins will face off in the general election.[2][3]


See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Jinkins won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 27a. Jinkins was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012, and defeated Steven T. Cook (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Washington House of Representatives, District 27a, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLaurie Jinkins Incumbent 71.4% 39,290
     Republican Steven Cook 28.6% 15,770
Total Votes 55,060


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Laurie Jinkins ran for the Washington House of Representatives District 27a. She ran against Jessica Smeall, Janis Gbalah, and Ken Nichols in the August 17, 2010, primary. She defeated Democrat Jake Fey in the November 2, 2010, general election.

Washington House of Representatives, District 27a General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Laurie Jinkins (D) 19,503
Jake Fey (D) 16,611
Washington House of Representatives, District 27a Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Laurie Jinkins (D) 6,818 32.90%
Green check mark transparent.png Jake Fey (D) 6,046 29.17%
Ken Nichols (I) 5,808 28.03%
Jessica Smeall (D) 1,259 6.08%
Janis Gbalah (D) 793 3.83%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[6] Comprehensive donor information for Jinkins is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Jinkins raised a total of $297,866 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[7]

Laurie Jinkins's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 27 Won $92,937
2010 Washington State House, District 27 Won $204,929
Grand Total Raised $297,866


Jinkins won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Jinkins raised a total of $92,937.
Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Laurie Jinkins's campaign in 2012
SEIU Healthcare 1199NW$1,800
Washington Indian Gaming Association$1,800
Washington Chiropractic Trust$1,800
Washington State Association For Justice$1,800
Pacific Northwest Regional Council Of Carpenters$1,800
Total Raised in 2012$92,937
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, when Jinkins first won election to the House, she collected $204,929 in donations.[8]

The following contributors each donated $1,600 to her 2010 campaign:

  • Tim Gill
  • SEIU Healthcare 1199 NW
  • Physicians Eye PAC
  • Food & Commercial Workers Local 21
  • Kim Burkes
  • Stand for Children
  • Service Employees Local 925
  • Western Washington Trial Lawyers for Victims Rights
  • Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund
  • Montro & Johnston
  • Union Ave Compounding Pharmacy
  • Washington Health Care Association
  • SEIU Healthcare 775 NW
  • Physical Therapy Association of Washington
  • Jon Stryker
  • Optometric Physicians of Washington
  • Justice PAC
  • Barbara Montro
  • International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302
  • Washington State Dental Hygienists Association


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Washington

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In 2014, the 63rd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 13 to March 14.[9]


In 2012, the 62nd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 9 to March 8.[10]

Missed Votes Report

See also: Washington House of Representatives and Washington State Senate

In March 2014, Washington Votes, the state’s premier legislative information website, released its annual Missed Votes Report, which provides detailed missed roll call votes on bills for every state legislator during the 2014 legislative session.[11] The 2014 regular session included a total of 515 votes in the State House and 396 in the State Senate, as well as 1,372 bills introduced total in the legislature and 237 bills passed. Out of all roll call votes, 90 individual legislators did not miss any votes. 3 individual legislators missed more than 50 votes.[11] Jinkins missed 9 votes in a total of 1211 roll calls.

Freedom Foundation

See also: Freedom Foundation's Big Spender List

The Freedom Foundation releases its Big Spender List annually. The Institute ranks all Washington legislators based on their total proposed taxes and fees. To find each legislator’s total, the Institute adds up the 10-year tax and fee increases or decreases, as estimated by Washington’s Office of Financial Management, of all bills sponsored or co-sponsored by that legislator.[12]


Jinkins proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $5.87 billion, the 15th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.

See also: Washington Freedom Foundation Legislative Scorecard

The Freedom Foundation also issued its 2012 Informed Voter Guide for Washington State voters, including a legislative score card documenting how Washington State legislators voted upon bills the Foundation deemed important legislation. The legislation analyzed covered budget, taxation, and pension issues.[13] A Approveda sign indicates a bill more in line with the Foundation's stated goals, and a Defeatedd sign indicates a bill out of step with the Foundation's values. Here's how Jinkins voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 House Scorecard - Laurie Jinkins
Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)Approveda Bill #5967 (House Democrats budget)Defeatedd Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)Defeatedd Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)Approveda



In 2014, Jinkins's endorsements include the following:[14]

  • Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma (ret.)
  • Tacoma Councilman Marty Campbell
  • Sen. Jeannie Darneille
  • Pierce County Councilmember Tim Farrell (ret.)
  • Rep. Jake Fey
  • 27th Legislative District Democrats
  • Aerospace Machinists Industrial Lodge 751
  • AFSCME Council 28
  • American Federation of Teachers Washington
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 77


Jinkins and her partner, Laura Wulf, have one child.

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Preceded by
Dennis Flannigan (D)
Washington House of Representatives District 27a
Succeeded by