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Pramila Jayapal              

U.S. House of Representatives from Washington's 7th district

Pramila Jayapal is a Democratic politician and activist who currently serves as the U.S. Representative from Washington's 7th congressional district. As a member of the Democratic Party, she represented the 37th legislative district in the Washington State Senate from 2015 to 2017. She is the first Indian-American woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and the first Asian-American to represent Washington in Congress.

Before entering electoral politics, Jayapal was a Seattle-based civil rights activist, serving until 2012 as the executive director of OneAmerica, a pro-immigration advocacy group. Jayapal founded immigrant advocacy group Hate Free Zone following the 2001 September 11 attacks. The organization successfully sued the Bush Administration's Immigration and Naturalization Services to prevent the deportation of over 4,000 Somalis across the country.

Jayapal currently serves as the First Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and serves on both the Judiciary and Budget committees.

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