- Jamie Pedersen
Infobox State Representative
name =Rep. Jamie Pedersen
birth_date =birth date and age|1968|09|09
spouse =Eric Cochran Pedersen
website = [http://www.peopleforpedersen.org/ peopleforpedersen.org]
A Democrat, he was elected to the House from the reliably Democratic 43rd District in downtown Seattle in 2006. He won a very competitive six-way Democratic primary election on September 19, 2006 with 23% of the vote. His nearest competitor, former Seattle City Council President Jim Street, was only 229 votes behind with 22%. The race was the most expensive House contest in Washington state history, with the six Democratic candidates raising almost $500,000 among them. In the general election, he faced only nominal Republican opposition, defeating his opponent by a margin of more than four-to-one.
Having grown up in
Puyallup, Washington, Jamie Pedersen attended Puyallup High School before graduating summa cum laude from Yale. He then went to Yale Law Schooland has been a lawyer ever since. Pedersen was an active member of the Yale Russian Choruswhile an undergraduate and law student, and remains active in the Alumni of the Yale Russian Chorus.
Pedersen is openly
gayand is one of six LGBTmembers of the Washington State Legislature, alongside Sens. Ed Murray(D-Seattle) and Joe McDermott (D-West Seattle), as well as Representatives Jim Moeller(D-Vancouver), Dave Upthegrove(D-Des Moines) and Marko Liias(D-Mukilteo).
Lambda Legal's lead volunteer lawyer on the state's same-sex marriagecase - " Andersen v. King County". He replaced openly gay Rep. Ed Murrayin the House - Murray having moved up to the state senate. His election campaign won the support of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, which provided financial and strategic assistance. Pedersen's partner is Eric Cochran Pedersen, a high-school assistant principal.citation |url=http://www.housedemocrats.wa.gov/members/pedersen/index.asp |title=Rep. Jamie Pedersen |periodical=Washington House Democrats |accessdate= 2007-11-30] Pedersen and his partner have a son, Trygve Cochran Pedersen.cite news |url=http://www.sgn.org/sgnnews35_33/page3.cfm |title=Two Men having a Baby |work= Seattle Gay News|accessdate=2008-08-18]
* [http://www.peopleforpedersen.org/ Elect Jamie Pedersen] official campaign website
* [http://www.leg.wa.gov/house/pedersen/ Washington State Legislature - Rep. Jamie Pedersen] official WA House website
* [http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=66760 Project Vote Smart - Representative Jamie Pedersen (WA)] profile
*"Follow the Money" - Jamie D. Pedersen
** [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=90120 2006] campaign contributions
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