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Hon. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

US House of Representatives
WA05/Washington
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has represented Washington’s Fifth Congressional District since 2004. She currently serves as Chair of the House Republican Conference, making her the fourth highest-ranking Republican, and the highest ranking female Republican in the House of Representatives.

Biography (excerpted from house.gov)

Member of Congress

In 2004, Cathy was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. During her first term, she served as the Freshman Class representative on the Steering Committee, a group of Members that decide committee assignments, and on the Republican Whip Team.

During her second term, Cathy continued her commitment to working across party lines. She joined with Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) to introduce health information technology (IT) legislation and led a statewide health IT task force to position Washington State for future health care IT advancements.

In November 2008, Cathy was elected by her peers as Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference. In that role, she spearheaded several important projects – expanding and improving the Conference’s use of digital media and technology, leading the Conference’s outreach to women, increasing government transparency, and reducing government waste.

In November 2010, she was re-elected by her peers as Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference. She was also appointed to the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee – where almost half of all legislation pertaining to the economy must pass.

Early Life

Cathy is the descendant of pioneers who settled in Walla Walla in 1853. Growing up, Cathy worked on the family orchard side-by-side with her parents and younger brother. She worked in the family owned and operated business, the Peachcrest Fruit Basket Orchard and Fruit Stand, in Kettle Falls, Washington for 13 years.

Cathy was the first person in her family to attend and graduate from college. She worked her way through Pensacola Christian College in Florida (Class of 1990) and later earned her Executive MBA from the University of Washington (Class of 2002).