Hard work in her family orchard led to opportunity. As the first in her family to graduate from college, Cathy McMorris Rodgers overcame the odds and achieved the American Dream. Now, as a congresswoman serving Washington’s 5th Congressional District, Cathy works to deliver that Dream to our nation’s children and grandchildren, firmly believing in the power of education and personal freedom to lift people up.When she was first elected in 2004, Cathy became the 200th woman to become a Member of Congress. Standing on the shoulders of those who came before her, Cathy is now setting an example for those who will follow in her footsteps as she serves as House Republican Conference Chair, making her the 4th highest ranking Republican member – and the highest ranking Republican woman – in Congress.
If that weren’t enough, after marrying a retired Navy Commander, she gave birth to three children, one with special needs, all while simultaneously serving in Congress. Cathy's conservative leadership and ability to balance her responsibilities to her family and to the nation make her a true role model for all Americans.
Cathy is running for reelection in Washington's 5th Congressional District.
“Of course, [Congress is] only 20% women—when the population of this country is 51% female. We most definitely still need more women in Congress. We are outnumbered by men, but this is about so much more than filling a quota. It’s about the values that come with those numbers because women bring a unique perspective that we need in our public policymaking.”
Cathy is an outspoken leader on energy issues, especially hydropower, and is responsible for crafting the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 that turned into the most comprehensive energy bill in over a decade.
Supporting our military families hits home for Cathy, and while in Congress she has fought for the families of our men and women in uniform. She co-founded the bipartisan Military Family Caucus to help represent military spouses and their children on Capitol Hill. And for years she has been working to advance financial spending accounts for military families. These accounts would ease the transition for military families when re-assignments also mean a change in their children’s school system.