Cathy McMorris Rodgers

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Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Chair of the House Republican Conference
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
LeaderJohn Boehner
Preceded byJeb Hensarling
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 5th District
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2005
Preceded byGeorge Nethercutt
Member of the Washington House of Representatives
from the 7th district
In office
January 7, 1994 – January 10, 2005
Preceded byBob Morton
Succeeded byJoel Kretz
Personal details
BornCathy McMorris
(1969-05-22) May 22, 1969 (age 44)
Salem, Oregon
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Brian A. Rodgers
ChildrenCole (April 2007)
Grace (December 2010)
Brynn (November 2013)
ResidenceColville, Washington (1994-2003)
Deer Lake, Washington (2003-2008)
Spokane, Washington (2008-present)
Alma materPensacola Christian College AB 1990
University of Washington MBA 2002
OccupationSmall Businesswoman, Orchardist
ReligionChristian
WebsiteOfficial House website
Campaign website
 
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Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Chair of the House Republican Conference
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
LeaderJohn Boehner
Preceded byJeb Hensarling
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 5th District
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2005
Preceded byGeorge Nethercutt
Member of the Washington House of Representatives
from the 7th district
In office
January 7, 1994 – January 10, 2005
Preceded byBob Morton
Succeeded byJoel Kretz
Personal details
BornCathy McMorris
(1969-05-22) May 22, 1969 (age 44)
Salem, Oregon
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Brian A. Rodgers
ChildrenCole (April 2007)
Grace (December 2010)
Brynn (November 2013)
ResidenceColville, Washington (1994-2003)
Deer Lake, Washington (2003-2008)
Spokane, Washington (2008-present)
Alma materPensacola Christian College AB 1990
University of Washington MBA 2002
OccupationSmall Businesswoman, Orchardist
ReligionChristian
WebsiteOfficial House website
Campaign website
Fifth Congressional District of Washington

Cathy McMorris Rodgers (born May 22, 1969) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Washington's 5th congressional district, serving since 2005. The district, based in Spokane, includes most of the eastern third of the state. She is a member of the Republican Party.

She is one of three female U.S. Representatives from her state, another being Jaime Herrera Beutler, who worked as a legislative analyst for McMorris Rodgers in her first term. (The third representative is Democrat Suzan DelBene.) She is currently the highest ranking Republican woman in Congress, serving as the Chair of the House Republican Conference. She is only the second woman to serve in that capacity, following former Congresswoman Deborah Pryce, who served from 2003-2007.

With her election in 2012 to the post of Conference Chair, Washington's 5th Congressional District has the distinction of being one of the few districts in the country to have been home to two high-ranking members of Congress from both parties: former Democratic House Speaker Tom Foley in 1989-95 and now McMorris Rodgers.

Early life, education and career[edit]

Cathy McMorris was born in Salem, Oregon on May 22, 1969, and raised on a farm. She worked in the family owned and operated business, the Peachcrest Fruit Basket Orchard and Fruit Stand, in Kettle Falls, Washington for 13 years.[1] She is the descendant of pioneers who traveled the Oregon Trail in the early 1850s to the Pacific Northwest where her father's family pursued agriculture and her mother's family worked in the forestry industry.[1] McMorris Rodgers has one brother, Jeff McMorris, who served as her campaign manager in 2004.

In 1990 she earned a BA in Pre-law from Pensacola Christian College and earned her Executive MBA from the University of Washington in 2002.

Washington House of Representatives[edit]

McMorris was first appointed to the Washington House of Representatives in 1994 after Rep. Bob Morton was appointed to the Washington State Senate, representing the 7th Legislative District (parts or all of the counties of Ferry, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane and Stevens). She retained her seat through election later in 1994, was subsequently re-elected four times and served in office through January 2005. From 2002-2003, she served as House Minority Leader,[1] the top leadership post for the House Republicans. She was the first woman to lead a House Caucus, and the youngest since World War II. She chaired the House Commerce and Labor Committee, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee, and the State Government Committee.[2] She stepped down as minority leader in 2003 after announcing her bid for Congress.

During her tenure in the legislature, she lived in Colville; she has since moved to Spokane.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

Party leadership[edit]

Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference

Freshman term 2005-2007[edit]

McMorris was a member of the Armed Services Committee

McMorris Rodgers joined the Republican Study Committee, a caucus of conservative House Republicans.

Her committee assignments included Armed Services,[1] Natural Resources,[1] and Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans, Education and Labor,[1] Speaker’s High-Tech Working,[1] and Chairwoman of the National Task Force on Improving the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).[3]

McMorris Rodgers also served as the Freshman Class representative on the Steering Committee and on the Republican Whip Team.[1]

McMorris Rodgers was selected to serve as the Chairwoman of the National Task Force on Improving the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA.) She oversaw the NEPA hearings across the country, reviewing the current implementation of the Act. NEPA has broad economic impacts through permitting and study requirements for transportation, public works projects, important oil and gas development, healthy forests, mining, grazing and other federal projects.[3]

She actively supports missions to protect and expand Fairchild Air Force Base and worked to keep the base off the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) list.[1] McMorris Rodgers co-introduced health information technology (IT) legislation and is co-leading a statewide health IT task force to position Washington state for future health IT advancements with Congressman Adam Smith, D-WA.[1] McMorris Rodgers sponsored the American Competitiveness Amendment to the College Access and Opportunity Act. The bi-partisan amendment takes steps to improve math, science, and critical foreign language education.[1]

Sophomore term 2007-2009[edit]

In 2007, McMorris Rodgers became the Republican co-chairwoman of the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues. The Democratic co-chairwoman is Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif. The caucus has pushed for pay equity, tougher child support enforcement, women's health programs and law protecting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.[4]

McMorris Rodgers co-founded the Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus with Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX) Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy (D-RI), and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).

Third term 2009-2011[edit]

On November 19, 2008, McMorris Rodgers was elected to serve as the Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference for the 111th United States Congress, making her the fourth highest ranking Republican in her caucus leadership (after John Boehner, Minority Whip Eric Cantor and Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence) and the highest-ranking Republican woman.[5]

Fourth term 2011-2012[edit]

McMorris Rodgers championed economic policies that she argued would create jobs. She sponsored bill H.R.2313, seeking to stop US contribution to European Bailouts by repealing the authority to provide certain loans to the International Monetary Fund.[6] She supports repealing the Affordable Care Act, and sponsored bill H.R.1971 , which seeks to promote pharmacy competition and consumer choice.[7] McMorris Rodgers said that "the bill would increase competition and promote transparency, and it would make the delivery of pharmacy services much more efficient." On November 14, 2012, McMorris Rodgers defeated Rep. Tom Price of Georgia to become chairwoman of the House Republican Conference.[8]

Interest group ratings[edit]

Selected interest group ratings[9]
20102009Group
9696American Conservative Union
00Americans for Democratic Action
9482Club for Growth
022American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
100-Family Research Council
8984National Taxpayers Union
10080Chamber of Commerce of the United States
33-Information Technology Industry Council
100League of Conservation Voters

Political campaigns[edit]

2004[edit]

In 2004 McMorris received 59.7%[10] of the vote in an open seat, defeating Democratic hotel magnate Don Barbieri. The district had come open when five-term incumbent George Nethercutt ran unsuccessfully for United States Senate.

During her campaign, she gained endorsements from the following: Washington State Law Enforcement Association, Washington State Farm Bureau, Association of Washington Businesses, Western Fish & Wildlife Federation, Washington Property Rights Alliance, Associated Builders and Contractors, United States Chamber of Commerce.[11]

2006[edit]

In November 2006 McMorris Rodgers won re-election with 56.4% of the vote and her Democratic challenger Peter J. Goldmark earned 43.6%.[12]

Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers received a 100% rating from the American Veterans and the Vietnam Veterans of America for votes during the 109th Congress. The Veterans of Foreign Wars released a list of veteran’s accomplishments during the 109th Congress, all of which were supported by McMorris including: ensuring sufficient funding for the Veterans Health Care Administration, ensuring the VA disability compensation program is preserved in its current form, securing authority and full funding for the G.I. Bill for the 21st century, and authorizing a program entitling disabled military retirees to full military retirement pay and disability compensation without offset.

2010[edit]

She won the 2010 general election with 64% of the vote, against Democrat Daryl Romeyn. Romeyn spent only $2,320 against Mrs. Rodgers' total outlay of $1,453,240. She had won 63% of the primary vote, against Romeyn (12%), and three other opponents (respectively 9%, 6%, and 6%.)[9]

2012[edit]

For the 2012 general election, Congresswoman Rodgers won with 61.9% of the vote vs. 38.9% for her challenger, Mr. Rich Cowan.

Personal life[edit]

On 5 August 2006 in San Diego, Cathy McMorris married Brian Rodgers, a retired Navy commander and a Spokane, Washington native. Rodgers is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and the son of David H. Rodgers, the mayor of Spokane from 1967 to 1977. In April 2007, she became the first member of Congress in more than a decade to give birth while in office, with the birth of Cole McMorris Rodgers.[13] The couple later announced their child was diagnosed with Down syndrome. In August 2010, McMorris Rodgers announced via her Facebook page that she expected another child;[14] Grace was born December 2010, making her mother the first member of Congress to give birth twice while in office.[9] In July 2013, Cathy announced on her Facebook page that they were expecting their third child and Brynn Catherine was born November 2013.[15]

She enjoys playing the piano, swimming, and reading American history. Cathy says she lives by former President Ronald Reagan's motto (quoting Harry Truman's remark about his Marshall Plan): "There's no limit to what a person can do or where one can go if one doesn't mind who gets the credit."[1][16] In August 2012, National Journal named McMorris Rodgers one of "Ten Republicans to follow on Twitter".[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers". United States House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2007-02-05. Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  2. ^ "Biographical Information - McMORRIS RODGERS, Cathy". Congressional Biographical Directory. United States Congress. Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  3. ^ a b McMorris, Cathy (April 8, 2005). "McMorris (WA05) - Issue - Taskforce to Improve the National Environmental Policy Act will highlight its economic impacts on Eastern Washington". Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  4. ^ Postman, David (2007-01-22). "McMorris to head women's caucus". Postman on Politics. The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  5. ^ "House Republicans Elect New Leadership Team | Republican Leader John Boehner | gopleader.gov". Republicanleader.house.gov. 2008-11-19. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  6. ^ "Bill Summary & Status - 112th Congress (2011 - 2012) - H.R.2313". Library of Congress. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Bill Summary & Status - 112th Congress (2011 - 2012) - H.R.1971". Library of Congress. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323551004578118844192116634.html
  9. ^ a b c Barone, Michael; Chuck McCutcheon (2011). "Washington/Fifth District". The Almanac of American Politics (2012 ed.). University of Chicago Press, National Journal Group, Inc. pp. 1716–1718. ISBN 978-0-226-03808-7. 
  10. ^ "2004 General Election > Federal Offices > Results". Washington Secretary of State. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  11. ^ Dale, Shaun (October 29, 2004). "Just in time for Halloween..." (blog). Upper Left. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  12. ^ "2006 General Election Results". Washington Secretary of State. May 9, 2007. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  13. ^ Cannata, Amy (April 30, 2007). "It's A Boy". Spokesman Review. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  14. ^ McMorris Rodgers, Cathy (August 2, 2010). "A Special Announcement About My Family". Facebook. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  15. ^ http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/rep-cathy-mcmorris-rodgers-gives-birth-to-daughter
  16. ^ "Cathy McMorris Rodgers" (fee, via Fairfax County Public Library). Federal Directory. Bethesda, MD: Carroll Publishing. 2011. Gale Document Number: GALE|K2415004089. Retrieved 2011-12-07.  Gale Biography In Context.
  17. ^ "Ten Republicans to follow on Twitter", National Journal, August 27, 2012.

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Preceded by
George Nethercutt
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from Washington's 5th congressional district

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