Cathy McMorris Rodgers is the highest ranking Republican woman in Congress — a position she uses to work for Eastern Washington priorities including agriculture, rural health care, hydropower and veterans.
Cathy believes new technologies can make life better for all Americans and transform government, making it more open and efficient. In 2012, Cathy was chosen by her colleagues to be House Republican Conference Chair; she previously served as Conference Vice-Chair from 2008 to 2012 and Congressional liaison to Mitt Romney’s 2012 Presidential campaign.
Washington's 5th District first elected Cathy to Congress in 2004, and she was re-elected with over 60 percent of the vote in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.
Military Families, Hydropower and Fairchild Air Force Base
In addition to her leadership post, she is the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Military Family Caucus with Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA).
She served on the House Armed Services Committee for three terms, was co-chair of the bipartisan Woman’s Caucus and is now a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Her Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act passed both the House and Senate and was signed into law in 2013.
Hydropower is just one of the many Northwest priorities Cathy is proud to support. She has been a strong advocate for affordable and accessible rural health care, Spokane's new 4-year medical school, Fairchild Air Force Base and much more.
In 2013 Cathy sponsored bipartisan legislation focusing on Eastern Washington, including the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act and The National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act. Along with Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), she introduced the Primary Care Workforce Access Improvement Act to ensure the underserved and rural communities receive high quality health care.
Cathy recently received the Friend of the Farm Bureau Award and the Legislator of the Year Award for Outstanding Work Promoting Rural Health Care.
Living the American Dream
Cathy has lived the American Dream. She was the first in her family to graduate from college—and later earned an Executive MBA from the University of Washington. She served in the State House for five terms, eventually being chosen Minority Leader. When the legislature was not in session, Cathy worked in her family’s small business, Peachcrest Fruit Basket, near Kettle Falls, Washington.
Cathy was born to a farming family with deep roots in Eastern Washington. The early members of the McMorris family settled in Walla Walla in 1853. Growing up, Cathy worked on the family orchard side by side with her parents and brother.
She is married to Brian Rodgers, a retired 26 year active-duty Navy Commander. They have one son and two daughters. Cathy is the only Member of Congress to have given birth three times while in office.