Elect Jamie Pedersen

State Senate, 43rd District, Democrat

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Jamie, his husband Eric, and their sons Anders, Erik, Trygve, and Leif in the Senate chamber for Children's Day 2017 Jamie and Eric Pedersen and sons Anders, Leif, Trygve, and Erik, December 2011 Eric and Jamie Pedersen and sons Anders, Trygve, Erik, and Leif, June 2013 Jamie's great-grandparents, Elbert and Olianna Pedersen.  Jamie's grandpa Ted is the baby on his mother's lap.  Pacific County, ca. 1909 Governor Christine Gregoire congratulates Jamie after the House passes marriage equality, February 2012 Senator Ed Murray, Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, Governor Christine Gregoire, and Jamie after the House passes marriage equality, February 2012 Jamie gives his speech on final passage of the marriage equality bill on the House floor.  February 2012 Jamie speaks at a rally celebrating the US Supreme Court decision striking down DOMA, June 2013 Eric and Jamie Pedersen and Roger Nyhus, with Erik, Leif, and Anders march in the 2013 Pride Parade Anne Levinson, Evan Wolfson, Councilmember Joe McDermott, Jamie, Eric, and Leif Pedersen, Justice Mary Fairhurst, Senator Ed Murray, Michael Shiosaki, Karen Poirier, and Rep. Laurie Jinkins at Jamie and Eric's wedding, July 2013 Jamie and his son Leif get ready to march in the 2017 Pride Parade Speaker Frank Chopp signs the marriage equality bill as Rep. Maureen Walsh, Rep. Laurie Jinkins, Cathy Maynard, Jamie, and Rep. Jim Moeller look on.  February 2012 Jamie speaks at Town Hall, September 2012 Jamie (with son Trygve) speaks to Washington United for Marriage volunteers, June 2012 Jamie with his Senate Democratic colleagues on the Ways & Means Committee just after midnight, working on the 2017-19 budget Jamie speaking at the Lambda Legal Seattle Garden Party in August 2015 Jamie bikes to work at McKinstry every day when the legislature is not in session

Thank you for the opportunity to represent the 43rd District in the Washington legislature for the last twelve years. I appreciate the trust you have placed in me and am proud of the work that I have done on your behalf, including work on LGBT civil rights, gun responsibility, and overturning three Tim Eyman anti-tax initiatives.

Last November, Democrats retook control of the Senate and the results have been remarkable. Within two weeks, we had passed the biennial capital budget and a solution to the rural water well issue. We finished our work on time for the first time since 2014 – and got all of our supplemental budgets completed on time for the first time in 10 years. We made a $1 billion investment in public schools to resolve at long last the education funding dispute that has had the state in contempt of the Supreme Court. And in the meantime, we passed a large number of major progressive bills, including:

  • A package of bills to protect women, such as the Equal Pay Act and the Reproductive Parity Act, protecting women's access to abortion under our state's implementation of federal healthcare reform;
  • A package of bills ensuring access to democracy, including same-day voter registration; automatic voter registration on application for many government benefits; pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds; and the Voting Rights Act, which would change rules for local elections to ensure a fair chance for historically underrepresented groups to win;
  • A package of bills promoting gun safety, including a ban on bump stocks; the voluntary waiver of firearm rights; and a prohibition on firearm possession by people convicted of domestic violence harassment; and
  • A package of bills to protect LGBT people, including a major rewrite of our parentage act and legislation to ban conversion therapy for LGBT youth.

With your help, we can build our majority in the Senate this November and make even greater progress on education funding, tax reform, and other progressive change. My husband Eric and I are proud to have four sons in Seattle Public Schools, two at Stevens Elementary on Capitol Hill and two Thurgood Marshall Elementary. They – and 54,000 other kids in Seattle Public Schools – deserve our help now. They need a stellar education to get the great jobs that will build our economy. They also need our action now to combat climate change. To accomplish those changes, we need to reform our antiquated tax system to make it fairer, more progressive, and adequate to meet our state's need to invest in its people.

I want to help change that dynamic in the Senate. With my years of successfully building coalitions on a variety of issues in the House, I have come to the Senate with the legislative skills and relationships necessary to get good things done.

Representing this district has been a huge privilege. I appreciate the chance to continue to work for you to build a better state that we can be proud to leave to our kids and grandkids.

Best wishes,


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815 First Ave #111 - Seattle, WA 98104
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