Candidate Details

Pramila Jayapal

House - Open

Former State Senator Pramila Jayapal was elected as the Representative for Washington’s 7th congressional district in 2016. Previously, this seat belonged to JStreetPAC endorsee Jim McDermott until he announced his retirement in 2016. She serves on the House Committees on the Budget and Judiciary.
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. Jayapal brings 25 years of movement building experience to the table and knows how to build coalitions for change.

Jayapal is a champion of progressive issues, and her stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is consistent with this profile. Jayapal 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. Jayapal also supports continued US aid to Israel and the Palestinians.