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.
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 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.