WASHINGTON STATE SENDING PRAMILA JAYAPAL, FIRST SOUTH ASIAN WOMAN, TO U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


WASHINGTON STATE SENDING PRAMILA JAYAPAL, FIRST SOUTH ASIAN WOMAN, TO U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Pramila Jayapal ready to fight for progressive values

SEATTLE, WA – Pramila Jayapal made history yesterday as 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 South Asian woman ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Congresswoman-elect Pramila Jayapal says she’s ready to stand up and fight for the rights of all Americans against attacks from the incoming Republican Congress and President.

Pramila issued the following statement:

I’m so deeply honored to have been decisively elected by the voters as your new member of Congress in the 7th district. Thank you to everyone who helped us win, especially our more than 1,100 volunteers. Together we built an unprecedented movement, including a grassroots campaign that knocked on over 170,000 doors, made over 290,000 phone calls and received contributions from over 75,000 contributors with an average contribution of just $23. I said at the beginning and I say today that this movement is not over on election day.

Like many of you, I woke up this morning feeling shocked and then fearful of what lies ahead for America. But this is not the time to sit down in the face of set backs. To the people of the 7th Congressional District and progressive voters across the country, I ask that we stand together – not just for our progressive ideals, but to stop the disastrous rollback of decades of mainstream progress in this country. This is not the fight we would have chosen but we will fight it the way we have fought to protect our rights and freedoms in the past.

As your elected representative in what is likely to be a hostile Congress, I will need all of you at my side, not just in some theoretical way but literally every step of the way. Because our task is not just to fight when it is convenient. But when it is absolutely urgent and when it is the hardest.

I am so thankful to be one of the diverse, energetic and passionate people in our progressive movement. If this moment teaches us anything, it’s that Washington State and our beloved Seattle will always show a better way.

We fought for and won higher wages for all of Washington’s hard working families. We fought for and won protections against senseless gun violence.

I am proud to be the new voice and fighter for the people of Washington State’s 7th Congressional District. I have never backed down before, and I will not back down now.

 

photo credit - Andrew Tat