Laurie Jinkins represents the 27th Legislative District in Pierce County, which includes East, Downtown, Hilltop, North, Northeast, West, and part of South Tacoma as well as Ruston.
She is a native Midwesterner who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and later a Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law (then the University of Puget Sound School of Law). Jinkins also completed executive studies at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Jinkins started her career litigating child abuse and neglect cases for the state Attorney General’s Office. She then shifted her career toward public health, eventually serving as an assistant secretary of health at the state Department of Health before taking the position of interim director, deputy director and director of organizational development at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, where she continues to serve.
Some of her legislative priorities include improving our schools and health care, fixing our mental health care system, protecting Washington’s anti-discrimination laws, addressing homelessness, improving housing availability and quality, addressing disproportionality in all of our systems, consumer protection, helping working families and transforming Washington’s revenue structure.
She has consistently pursued social justice, advocating for a women’s right to choose, working to end domestic violence, promoting a sane immigration policy, encouraging living wages, and assuring that LGBTQ people and people of color are able to participate fully in society. In 2009, Laurie co-chaired Washington’s successful Ref. 71 campaign, assuring that all Washingtonians can protect their families in times of crisis and played a major role in the passage of Washington state’s Marriage Equality bill that was passed by voters in November, 2012.
Jinkins lives in Tacoma with her wife, Laura Wulf, and their 18-year-old son. They married in 2013, just a few months short of their 25th anniversary.
Current Legislative Committees:
Oversight Committee on Civil Legal Aid
Joint Select Committee on Health Reform Oversight
Joint Legislative Committee on Aging & Disability Issues
Prior Legislative Committees:
Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government and Information Technology
Fair Housing Washington, board member (current)
Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, board member (2010-2016)
Tacoma Rotary 8, member (current)
Tacoma Community College, board member, chair (1998-2010)
Tacoma-Pierce County American Leadership Forum, board member, chair (2003-10)
Approve Referendum 71, campaign co-chair (2009)
Tacoma Community House, board member, chair (2004-09)
Seattle University School of Law, board member (2002-06)
Tacoma Charter Review Committee (local government reform), chair (2004)
Tacoma United for Fairness, chair (2002)
The Tacoma-Pierce County YWCA, board member, president (1991-96)
Tacoma Hate Crimes Task Force, chair (1990-92)
Washington State Denturist Association Legislative Champion, 2014
Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Public Policy Maker of the Year Award, 2014
National Association of Local Boards of Health Legislator of the Year, 2013
Children’s Alliance Legislative Champion, 2013
Tacoma Community College Honorary Degree Recipient, 2011
Fuse Sizzle Award’s “Mother Jones” Award, 2011
Pride Foundation Diamond Hall of Fame Award, 2011
Weekly Volcano’s Best New Political Power, 2011
Recognized by the Puget Sound Business Examiner as a Woman of Influence, 2007
Governor’s Award for Leadership in Management, 2007