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. He was re-elected in 2008 and ran unopposed in 2010.
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 School and has been a lawyer ever since. Pedersen was an active member of the Yale Russian Chorus while an undergraduate and law student, and remains active in the Alumni of the Yale Russian Chorus.
Courtesy of Jamie Pedersen. Pedersen family Christmas Card, 2011 (©15)
Jamie Pedersen is an American lawyer and politician who has served as a member of the Washington House of Representatives since January 2007. He chairs the House Judiciary Committee. Pedersen's is married to Eric Cochran Pedersen, a high-school assistant principal. Pedersen and his husband have four sons: the eldest Trygve Cochran Pedersen and a set of triplets born in early 2009. He was Lambda Legal's lead volunteer lawyer on the state's same-sex marriage case – Andersen v. King County.
Pedersen is openly gay and is one of six LGBT members of the Washington State Legislature, alongside Sen. Ed Murray (D–Seattle) and Reps. Jim Moeller (D–Vancouver), Dave Upthegrove (D–Des Moines), Laurie Jinkins (D–Tacoma) and Marko Liias (D–Mukilteo).
He was Lambda Legal's lead volunteer lawyer on the state's same-sex marriage case – Andersen v. King County. He replaced openly gay Rep. Ed Murray in 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.
Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
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Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher
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