Pramila Jayapal

Born:September 21, 1965 (age 58)
Career:U.S. House of Representatives, 2017-present
Washington State Senate, 2015-2017
Education:Bachelor's, Georgetown University
M.B.A., Northwestern University

Pramila Jayapal assumed office in the U.S. House of Representatives for Washington's 7th congressional district in January 2017. She is the first woman elected to Washington's 7th Congressional District, the first person of color elected to the Washington State Democratic delegation, and the first Indian American woman in Congress.

Jayapal was born on September 21, 1965 in Chennai, India and raised in Indonesia and Singapore. She came to the United States in 1982 to attend college, earning a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from Northwestern University. She became a U.S. citizen in 2000.

After the September 11, 2001, attacks, Jayapal founded Hate Free Zone, an advocacy group for Arab, Muslim, and South Asian Americans now known as OneAmerica, and served as executive director until 2012. She represented the 37th legislative district in the Washington State Senate from 2015 to 2017.

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