Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal was first elected as the Representative for Washington’s 7th Congressional District in 2016. Rep. Jayapal was born in India and immigrated to the United States in 1982. She is the founder and Executive Director of OneAmerica, an advocacy group supporting Arab, Muslim, and South Asian American immigrants targeted post-9/11. Rep. Jayapal brings 25 years of movement building experience to the table and knows how to build coalitions for change. In Congress, she serves on the Judiciary, Budget, and Education and Labor Committees and is the chair of the Progressive Caucus.
Rep. Jayapal is a champion of progressive issues, and her stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is consistent with this profile. The Congresswoman supports the Iran nuclear deal and believes the United States has a constructive diplomatic role to play in the Middle East. She also supports a two-state solution. Her upbringing in India, against the backdrop of the Indian-Pakistani conflict, has informed her strong pro-peace perspective. Since being elected to Congress, Rep. Jayapal has been a consistent supporter of J Street’s legislative priorities, and she was an early cosponsor of House Resolution 326, which reaffirmed Congress’s commitment to a two-state solution and opposed settlement expansion and annexation.