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|REP. CATHY MCMORRIS RODGERS (WA05 R)|
|US Representative from Washington|
|Building:||CHOB- Cannon House Office Building|
|Address:||25 Independence Avenue, SE|
|Washington DC 20515-4705|
|Email:||Open Email Webform|
|Legal Name:||Cathy Ann McMorris Rodgers|
|Political Party:||Republican Party|
|Elected:||2004 - 60.7% of vote in last election|
|Seniority:||155 of 441|
|Reelection Status:||Eligible for reelection|
|Religion:||Protestant - Unspecified Christian|
|Bachelor of Arts Pensacola Christian College (FL) 1990|
|Master of Business Administration University of Washington 2002|
|Owner, Peachcrest Fruit Basket Orchard -|
|Legislative Assistant, Office of State Rep. Harry Morton (WA) 1990-1994|
|Member, WA State House 1994-2005|
|Vice Chair, Presidential Campaign of Gov. George W. Bush (TX R) -2000|
|Minority Leader, WA State House 2003-2005|
|House Republican Conference Vice Chairman, U.S. House of Representatives -2013|
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Suite 625; Ten North Post Street, Spokane, Washington 99201-0712
Phone: (509) 353-2374, Fax: (509) 353-2412
Suite 2; 29 East Main Street, Walla Walla, Washington 99362
Phone: (509) 529-9358, Fax: (509) 353-2412
555 South Main Street, Colville, Washington 99114-2503
Phone: (509) 684-3481, Fax: (509) 353-2412
|Member, House Committee on Energy and Commerce|
|Federal Committee Member, House Subcommittee on Health|
|Member, Congressional Army Caucus|
|Member, Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus|
|Member, Congressional Caucus to Fight and Control Methamphetamine|
|Member, Congressional Composites Caucus|
|Co-Chair, Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus|
|Co-Chair, Congressional Military Families Caucus|
|Member, House Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Caucus|
|Member, House Small Brewers Caucus|
|Co-Chair, House Republican New Media Caucus|
|Member, Republican Study Committee (RSC)|
|Co-Chair, Rural Health Care Coalition|
|Member, Air Force Caucus|
|Member, Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues|
|Member, Congressional Diabetes Caucus|
|Member, Congressional Coalition on Adoption|
|Co-Chair, Congressional Community Pharmacy Caucus|
|Member, Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus|
|Member, Congressional Friends of Canada|
|Member, Congressional High Technology Caucus|
|Member, Congressional Historic Preservation Caucus|
|Co-Chair, Congressional Hydropower Caucus|
|Member, Congressional Internet Caucus|
|Member, Congressional Missile Defense Caucus|
|Member, Congressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus|
|Member, Congressional Nursing Caucus|
|Member, Congressional Services Caucus|
|Member, Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus|
|Member, Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus|
|Member, Congressional Western Caucus|
|Member, Friends of Scotland Caucus|
|Member, House Republican Israel Caucus|
|Member, The Law Enforcement Caucus|
|Member, Military Veterans Caucus|
|Member, National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus|
|Member, Northern Border Caucus|
|Member, Northwest Energy Caucus|
|Member, Rural Veterans Caucus|
|Member, Water Caucus|
|Member, National Council for a New America (NCNA)|
|Member, Congressional Mining Caucus|
|Member, Congressional Balanced Budget Amendment Caucus|
|Co-Chair, Congressional Caucus on Lumber|
|Co-Chair, Congressional Neuroscience Caucus|
|Member, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases Caucus|
|Member, Pro-Life Women's Caucus|
|Member, Potato Caucus|
|Member, House Agriculture Energy Users Caucus|
|Member, Tuesday Group|
|Co-Chair, House Lumber Trade Caucus|
|Member, House Rare Earth Caucus|
|Member, Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)|
|Member, USO Congressional Caucus|
|Member, Arthritis Caucus|
|Member, Congressional Wine Caucus|
|Member, Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus (BDC)|
|Member, Congressional Biomass Caucus|
|Member, Community College Caucus|
|Member, Congressional Caucus on Modern Agriculture|
|Member, Congressional Constitution Caucus|
|Member, Congressional Defense Energy Security Caucus|
|Member, Congressional Dyslexia Caucus|
|Member, Congressional Mobility Air Forces Caucus|
|Member, House Impact Aid Coalition|
|Vice Chair, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus|
|Member, House Specialty Crops Caucus|
|Member, Republican Women's Policy Committee|
|Member, House Liberty Caucus|
|Member, Congressional Nuclear Cleanup Caucus|
|Member, Bipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus|
|Member, Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth|
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is Eastern Washington’s chief advocate in Congress and one of the rising stars in American politics. Since first being elected to the House in 2004, she has earned the trust of her constituents and praise on Capitol Hill for her hard work, conservative principles, bipartisan outreach, and leadership. She is currently serving as the Chair of the House Republican Conference, a position making her the fourth highest-ranking Republican, and the highest ranking female Republican in the House of Representatives. As someone who grew up on a family farm, worked at a small business, and later became a wife and mom, Cathy McMorris Rodgers has lived the American Dream, and she sees her chief goal in Congress as rebuilding that Dream for our children and grandchildren.|
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).
Cathy was first elected to the Washington House of Representatives in 1994, representing the 7th Legislative District. She was re-elected four times. From 2002-2003, she served as House Minority Leader, the top leadership post for House Republicans. She was the first woman to lead a House Caucus of either party, and the youngest since World War II. When the legislature was not in session, Cathy kept working at her family’s orchard.
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.
Cathy was also selected to serve as the Chairwoman of the National Task Force on Improving the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). She oversaw NEPA hearings across the country, reviewing the current implementation of the Act.
She also worked – and continues to work - to protect and expand Fairchild Air Force Base. She was part of the successful team that kept Fairchild off the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) list.
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. She also served as Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Women's Caucus with Representative Lois Capps (D-CA).
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.
During her third term (2009-2010), Cathy advocated for reduced government spending and a smaller government, which is why she did not vote for the $700 billion Wall Street bailout, the $787 billion economic “stimulus” bill, or the $2.3 trillion health care bill.
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.
In fact, of the 72 bills signed into law in 2013, Cathy had two–the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act (which unanimously passed in both the House and Senate) and the National Pediatric Research Network Act of 2013. Both bills strengthen opportunities for families in Washington’s Fifth District.
As co-chair of the Congressional Rural Health Care Coalition, Cathy has seen first-hand that rural areas, including Eastern Washington, have limited access to primary health care professionals and specialists. To address these problems, Cathy has introduced H.R. 487, the Primary Care Workforce Access Improvement Act which would provide more opportunities for resident physicians to train in rural areas. By training in rural areas, these student doctors are more likely to stay and practice in rural areas, thus increasing the number of primary care providers. Cathy has also introduced H.R. 920 the National Health Service Corps Improvement Act which would incentivize optometrists to practice in rural areas.
Cathy sees that the lessons learned in Eastern Washington can improve patient access to specialists, including mental health specialists, throughout rural America. That is why she has cosponsored legislation which will increase the use of telehealth, leveraging the health care providers who are currently practicing while working to increase the workforce. For Eastern Washington, as well as 62 million Americans, Cathy is the champion on access to affordable health care in rural America.
Cathy is the Co-Chair of five Congressional caucuses- Down Syndrome, Military Family, Lumber, Neuroscience, and the Rural Health Coalition.
In her personal time, Cathy enjoys playing the piano, swimming, and reading American history.
In 2006, Cathy married Brian Rodgers, a Spokane native and retired 26-year Navy Commander.
In 2007, she gave birth to Cole McMorris Rodgers. Since Cole was born with Trisomy 21, Cathy has become a leader in the disabilities community.
Since Cole’s birth, Cathy has welcomed two daughters into the world – Grace Blossom (December 2010) and Brynn Catherine (November 2013). She is the only Member of Congress in history to give birth three times while in office.