Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers made it official on April 3: she will seek re-election to her fifth term in the U.S. House in Washingtonâ€™s Fifth Congressional District.
â€śIâ€™m humbled to say that Iâ€™ve lived the American Dream, and Iâ€™ve always seen my number one goal in public life as preserving that Dream for the next generation,â€ť McMorris Rodgers said. â€śToday, the American Dream is threatened by Big Government policies that have weakened our economy, and added a record amount to our debt. I have opposed the Big Government policies that have failed, and I will continue fighting for the free market solutions that will work â€“ to create jobs and help the people of Eastern Washington.â€ť
McMorris Rodgers is leading the fight in Congress to bring the new KC-46A tankers to Fairchild Air Force Base, secure funding to complete the North Spokane Freeway, expand hydropower production, bring a medical school to Spokane, and protect rural health care.
During this session of Congress, McMorris Rodgers voted for the â€śPath to Prosperityâ€ť budget, the balanced budget amendment, and 40 jobs bills, many of which expand domestic energy production. In recent years, she also voted against the TARP bailout, the $1 trillion stimulus, and the $2 trillion health care law.
McMorris Rodgers was elected by her colleagues in 2008 to serve as vice chair of the House Republican Conference. She is the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress.
â€śI take pride in being a representative that is 100 percent focused on the wonderful people who sent me to Congress,â€ť she said. â€śIâ€™ve been â€“ and want to continue being â€“ a representative who is accessible and approachable to everyone, who brings people together, and who is part of the solution, not part of the problem.â€ť
McMorris Rodgers is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Before running for Congress in 2004, McMorris Rodgers served in the State House, ascending to the role of Republican leader.
In August 2006, she married Brian Rodgers, a retired Navy commander. The couple has two children: Cole, 4, and Grace, 1.