U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler made a big personal announcement Wednesday morning: She and her husband are expecting their first child.
The 34-year-old Camas Republican is due at the beginning of October.
“This fall, there will be yet another person in Southwest Washington who will — for their entire adult life — get to explain: ‘No, no, it’s pronounced Butler,’ ” Herrera Beutler wrote on her official Facebook page. “That’s right — we’re expecting a baby!”
In the months to follow, Herrera Beutler will field advice from her female colleagues on how much time off she should take around her due date, said her spokesman, Casey Bowman.
“She plans to work as long as she is able and come back as soon as it’s practical,” Bowman said by email. “She’s talking with other members of Congress who have been able to successfully balance their young families with their congressional duties and is learning as much as she can from them about what works and what doesn’t.”
Herrera Beutler and her husband, Daniel Beutler, married in August 2009. They live in Camas.
Herrera Beutler was elected to her second term in Congress last fall. She is the fourth woman to serve Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, and she is the first of those women to have a child while serving in Congress.