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Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers represents the state of Washington’s 5th Congressional District . In 2004 after serving 5 terms in the state legislature, she was elected to the U.S. Congress and recently won re-election by a comfortable margin. Last Thursday, Cathy put in her official bid to become Chair of the House Republican Conference (she currently holds the position of Vice Chair). This would place her in the chamber’s number 4 GOP leadership slot (behind the speaker, majority leader, and whip) and preserve her standing as one of the most influential women in “the other Washington”, i.e. DC.
In an open letter to her colleagues, Cathy made this commitment: “We must continue to put forward a bold vision of conservative reform, using traditional and new media and every channel available to reach America.” She has been instrumental in getting her Republican colleagues to use Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
Cathy is married to Brian Rodgers, a retired Navy commander of 26 years. Their son Cole was born in 2007 and daughter Grace followed in 2010. Cathy is the only member of Congress to have given birth twice while in office. In 2007 she co-founded the Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus (son Cole was born with Trisomy 21).
In her role as a GOP leader, Cathy has been a fierce voice in fighting the “war on women” myth perpetuated by the Democrats. ”I’m very frustrated with what happened in the election… I feel like the Democrats got away with offering no vision for the country, and it was all a divide and distract approach” she said in an interview with Tammy Bruce last Friday (Tammy was guest-host on the Laura Ingraham Radio Show). A clip of that interview is at the bottom of this post. Please do listen.
I am proud to have Cathy McMorris Rodgers represent me in Congress. Her record is that of a solid fiscal conservative and she has sounded the alarm on spending, borrowing, and bailout policies which harm the economy and pass on debt to future generations. She currently serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. When Congress is not in session she actually hangs out in Washington state, makes herself accessible to her constituents, and listens to what we have to say. At a recent GOP event in my town, after greeting her and thanking her for her service, I made this off the cuff remark: ”I would love to have an hour to pick your brain.” To my delight, she sat down next to me during the luncheon preceding her speech, and I had that opportunity.
On Sunday, Cathy was a guest on CNN’s State of the Union. Note the visual of her as the lone woman’s voice in the GOP Leadership.
ACTION: Let’s get the message out. I am asking everyone reading this to show support for Cathy McMorris Rodgers as the next House Republican Conference Chair. Here is a link to Republicans in Congress. Drill down and find Twitter, email, and phone contacts and let them hear from you! Cathy’s verified Twitter account is@CathyMcMorris.
Politico: [GOP Leadership] Election causes angst for House GOP
In the race for the head of the Republican Conference, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state is trying to fend off Georgia Rep. Tom Price to remain the only woman in a top leadership spot. Republican leaders are confident McMorris Rodgers will win —they haven’t endorsed her, but some are quietly working to keep apprised of the race. McMorris Rodgers’s allies, both inside and outside leadership, want to see her battle it out with Price to show her internal strength.
Podcast of Tammy’s interview with Rep McMorris Rodgers: