Laurie Jinkins

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 and Fife Heights.
 
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 director of organizational development at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, where she continues to serve.
 
Her legislative priorities include improving our schools and health care, 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 lesbians and gays 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 signed into law by Governor Gregoire in February of 2012.
 
Jinkins lives in Tacoma with her wife, Laura Wulf, and their 13-year-old son.
 
 
Legislative Committees:
Appropriations
Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government and Information Technology
Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee
Health Care and Wellness
Judiciary (Chair)
 
Community Involvement:
Fair Housing Washington, board member (current)
Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, board member (current)
Tacoma Rotary 8, member (current)
Tacoma Community College, board member (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)
 
Awards
Laurie was recognized as a Woman of Influence by the Puget Sound Business Examiner in 2007, and was given the Governor’s Award for Leadership in Management that same year.