Congresswoman seeks re-election

— U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-5th District, announced earlier this month she is seeking re-election.

“It’s been more than 10 years now that I’ve been in Congress and I asked myself this year whether I’ve done all I can, and whether I should keep flying back and forth across the country,” McMorris Rodgers said. “Here is my answer. I am passionate about America and the potential of every American.

“I am grateful to those who have sacrificed and kept us the shining city on the hill. I am passionate about getting big things done on behalf of the people of Eastern Washington.

“I believe we need to be smart and strategic and challenge the status quo to restore the voice of the people in representative government,” she said

Recently, McMorris Rodgers introduced the USA Act to revive the “power of the purse” for the American people. It has received acclaim as an approach to increasing accountability, she said.

McMorris Rodgers was elected by her colleagues in 2012 to be chairwoman of the House Republican Conference. She is the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress.

In January 2014 she delivered the Republican address after the State of the Union to a nationwide audience.

McMorris Rodgers is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. About half of all legislation pertaining to the economy must pass through that committee. She also is co-founder of the bipartisan Military Families Caucus and Hydropower Caucus.

She introduced the Steve Gleason Act to ensure those who had lost the ability to speak would have access to life-changing, speech-generating devices. It passed the House and the Senate and was signed into law in last year.

McMorris Rodgers has won re-election the last four cycles.

Before running for Congress in 2004, she served in the state House, ascending to the role of Republican leader. While serving in the state House, she worked in her family business, Peachcrest Fruitbasket orchard and fruit stand in Kettle Falls.

She is married to Brian Rodgers, a retired Navy commander. The couple has three children ranging in age from 3 to 8.

- The Chronicle



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