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Jaime Herrera Beutler
Jaime Herrera Beutler.jpg
U.S. House, Washington, District 3
In office
January 3, 2011-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorBrian Baird (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next primaryAugust 5, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,215,943
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington House of Representatives
Associate'sBellevue Community College
Bachelor'sUniversity of Washington
Date of birthNovember 3, 1978
Place of birthGlendale, California
ProfessionPublic Service
Net worth$8,000.50
Office website
Campaign website
Jaime Herrera Beutler (b. November 3, 1978, in Glendale, California) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing Washington's 3rd Congressional District. Herrera Beutler was first elected in 2010 and won re-election on November 6, 2012. Herrera Beutler is currently serving her second consecutive term.[1].

Herrera Beutler ran for re-election in Washington's 3rd Congressional District in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to her election to the U.S. House, Herrera Beutler was a member of the Washington House of Representatives.[2]

On July 15, 2013, Herrera Beutler became the ninth congresswoman to give birth while serving in Congress. Her daughter, born at 28 weeks without kidneys, is the first baby on record to survive a prenatal diagnosis of Potter's Syndrome.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Herrera Beutler is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, she may break with the Republican Party line more than her fellow members.


Herrera Beutler was born in Glendale, California. She was homeschooled from the 1st through 9th grade, and she graduated from Prairie High School in the Battle Ground School District in Clark County. While at Prairie High School, she played on the basketball team.[4] She attended Seattle Pacific University from 1996-1998, earned her A.A. from Bellevue Community College in 2003 and earned her a B.A. in communications with an emphasis in political science, from the University of Washington in 2004.[5]

She was a Republican member of the Washington State House of Representatives. She represented District 18 from 2007-2010. Herrera Beutler was first appointed to this seat in 2007 to fill a vacancy and then won election to the seat in November 2008. Herrera Beutler served as the Assistant Minority Floor Leader.

Herrera Beutler began her political career as director of development for a youth leadership development program. She served as an intern to state senator Joe Zarelli and as an intern in the White House to the Director of Political Affairs. She was a legislative assistant to U.S. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers and an event coordinator.

Herrera Beutler has been highlighted by Time Magazine as 1 of the 40 leaders under 40 who are "rising stars of American politics.[6] In August 2012, she was included in a list of 20 Latino political rising stars compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle.[7]


The following is an abbreviated list of Herrera Beutler's professional and political career:[8]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Herrera Beutler serves on the following committees:[9]


Herrera Beutler served on the following House committees:[10]

Washington House of Representatives

While a member of the Washington House of Representatives, Herrera Beutler served on the following committees:


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[11] For more information pertaining to Herrera Beutler's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[12]

National security


Voted "No" Herrera Beutler voted in opposition of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[13]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Herrera Beutler voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[13]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Neutral/Abstain Herrera Beutler did not vote on House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[13]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Herrera Beutler voted in opposition of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[14] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[13]


Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[15] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[16][17] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[17] Herrera Beutler voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[18][19] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582-page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[19] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[20] It increased the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel by 1 percent, increased Head Start funding for early childhood education by $1 billion, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Herrera Beutler voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[18]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[21] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[22] Herrera Beutler voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[23]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[24] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Herrera Beutler voted for HR 2775.[25]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Herrera Beutler supported House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[26] The vote largely followed party lines.[27]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Herrera Beutler has supported attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[28]

Social issues


Voted "Yes" Herrera Beutler supported HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[29]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Herrera Beutler voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. She was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[30]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Jaime Herrera Beutler endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [31]



See also: Washington's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Herrera Beutler ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Washington's 3rd District. The primary election takes place August 5, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Washington's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Herrera Beutler won re-election in 2012.[32][33] She and Jon T. Haugen advanced past the blanket primary on August 7, 2012, and competed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[34]

Herrera Beutler had the fundraising advantage as well as endorsements from the media.[35][36] Haugen did not receive the state Democratic Party endorsement.[36]

Herrera Beutler has a record of supporting tax cuts and has pledged to continue to do so.[35] Haugen wanted to bring home the troops from Afghanistan and supported the Affordable Care Act.[37]

U.S. House, Washington District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJaime Herrera Beutler Incumbent 60.4% 177,446
     Democratic Jon T. Haugen 39.6% 116,438
Total Votes 293,884
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Washington District 3 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJaime Herrera Beutler Incumbent 56.5% 68,603
Green check mark transparent.pngJon Haugen 37.6% 45,693
Norma Jean Stevens 5.9% 7,108
Total Votes 121,404


On November 2, 2010, Jaime Herrera won election to the United States House. She defeated Denny Heck (D) in the general election.[39]

U.S. House, Washington District 3 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJaime Herrera 53% 152,799
     Democratic Denny Heck 47% 135,654
Total Votes 288,453


On November 4, 2008, Republican Jaime Herrera won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 18 receiving 60.01% of the vote (42,355 votes), defeating Democrat Vanessa Duplessie, who received 39.99% of the vote (28,226 votes).[40]

Washington House of Representatives, District 18(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jaime Herrera (R) 42,355 60.01%
Vanessa Duplessie (D) 28,226 39.99%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Herrera Beutler is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Herrera Beutler raised a total of $3,215,943 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[41]

Jaime Herrera Beutler's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Washington, District 3) Won $1,658,722
2010 US House (Washington, District 3) Won $1,557,221
Grand Total Raised $3,215,943


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Herrera Beutler's reports.[42]


Breakdown of the source of Herrera Beutler's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Herrera Beutler won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Herrera Beutler's campaign committee raised a total of $1,658,722 and spent $1,623,136.[48]

Cost per vote

Herrera Beutler spent $9.15 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Herrera Beutler's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Herrera Beutler won election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Herrera Beutler's campaign committee raised a total of $1,557,221 and spent $1,534,650.[49]


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Herrera Beutler's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
House Republican Organizational CMTE of Washington $2,500
Building Industry Association of Washington $1,600
Molina Health Care $1,600
Washington Beverage Association $1,600
Washington State Dental Association $1,500


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Herrera Beutler is a "centrist Republican follower," as og July 3, 2013.[50]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[51]

Herrera Beutler most often votes with:

Herrera Beutler least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Herrera Beutler missed 16 of 1,702 roll call votes from January 2011 to April 2013. This amounts to 0.9%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[52]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Herrera Beutler paid her congressional staff a total of $747,603 in 2011. Overall, Washington ranks 18th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[53]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Herrera Beutler was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Herrera Beutler's staff was given an apparent $14,000.00 in bonus money.[54]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Herrera Beutler's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,001 to $15,000. That averages to $8,000.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Herrera Beutler ranked as the 404th most wealthy representative in 2012.[55]

Herrera Beutler Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2009 to 2012:-53%
Average annual growth:-18%[56]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[57]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Herrera Beutler ranked 204th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[58]


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Herrera Beutler ranked 222nd in the conservative rankings.[59]

Voting with party

July 2013

Herrera Beutler voted with the Republican Party 90.2% of the time, which ranked 186th among the 242 House Republican members as of July 2013.[60]


Herrera Beutler and her husband, Daniel Beutler, live in Camas, Washington.[61] She started her political career while single and ran as Jaime Herrera. She married Daniel Beutler during her time in office, and following her election to the U.S. House in 2010, she chose to take her husband's name and now goes by Jaime Herrera Beutler. She announced on May 1, 2013, that the couple was expecting their first child. On June 3, 2013, Herrera Beutler revealed on her Facebook page that their unborn child had a life threatening condition known as Potter's Syndrome.[62][63] On July 15, 2013, Herrera Beutler gave birth to Abigail Rose in Portland, Oregon. The baby was born at 28-weeks. She had fully developed lungs, but she was born without kidneys. This is the first known case of a fetus surviving a diagnosis of Potter's Syndrome.[3]

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  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Washington"
  2. The National Journal, "Jaime Beutler Biography," accessed July, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Huffington Post, "Jaime Herrera Beutler, GOP Congresswoman, Gives Birth To First Known Survivor Of Potter's Syndrome," July 29, 2013
  4. WashingtonWomen'sHistory.org, "Washington Women's History Consortiuim biography of Jaime Herrera'"
  5. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "HERRERA BEUTLER, Jaime, (1978 - )"
  6. Time Magazine, "40 under 40" October 2010
  7. San Francisco Chronicle, "20 Latino political rising stars of 2012 (with PHOTO GALLERY)," August 25, 2012
  8. Biographical Directory-U.S. House, "Beutler," accessed January 2, 2014
  9. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  10. Official House website, "Committees," accessed November 12, 2011
  11. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  12. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Beutler's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 17, 2013
  14. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  15. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  16. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  19. 19.0 19.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  20. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  21. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  23. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  24. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  25. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  26. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  27. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Beutler's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 17, 2013
  28. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Beutler's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 17, 2013
  29. Project Vote Smart, "Beutler on abortion," accessed October 17, 2013
  30. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  31. The Columbian, "Herrera Beutler endorses Mitt Romney," February 6, 2012
  32. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named cnnr
  33. The Oregonian, "Congresswoman Herrera Beutler announces she will host a September jobs fair," August 26, 2011
  34. Associated Press, "Primary Results"
  35. 35.0 35.1 Seattle Times, "The Times recommends: Re-elect U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler in Washington's 3rd Congressional District," July 23, 2012
  36. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named col
  37. The (Lower Columbia) Daily News, "Herrera Beutler challenger Haugen to hold town hall meeting in Longview," June 11, 2012
  38. Our Campaigns, "WA District 3 - Open Primary," accessed May 30, 2013
  39. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  40. Washington.gov, "Washington State Election Results"
  41. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Jaime Herrera Beutler," accessed April 4, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Herrera Beutler 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 1, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  44. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  45. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  46. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 18, 2014
  47. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  48. Open Secrets, "Beutler 2012 Campaign Contributions," accessed February 23, 2013
  49. Open Secrets, "2010 Race: Washington District 03," accessed November 12, 2011
  50. GovTrack, "Beutler," accessed June 3, 2013
  51. OpenCongress, "Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler," accessed August 8, 2013
  52. GovTrack, "Jaime Herrera Beutler," accessed April 11, 2013
  53. LegiStorm, "Jaime Herrera Beutler," accessed September 7, 2012
  54. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  55. OpenSecrets, "Herrera Beutler, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  56. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  57. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  58. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  59. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  60. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  61. Official House website, "Biography," accessed November 12, 2011
  62. Seattle Times, "Jaime Herrera takes husband's name, belatedly," accessed November 12, 2011
  63. Oregon Live, "Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler says unborn child has serious medical condition," accessed June 4, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Brian Baird
U.S. House of Representatives - Washington, 3rd District
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Washington House of Representatives - District 18
Succeeded by
Ann Rivers (R)