Meet Cathy

My Story

Cathy McMorris Rodgers is Eastern Washington’s chief advocate in Congress and a rising star 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. As someone who grew up on a farm, worked at her family’s small business, and later became a wife and mom of three, Cathy has lived the American Dream, and she works every day to rebuild that Dream for our children and grandchildren.

As Chair of the House Republican Conference, she is the fourth highest-ranking Republican in the House and the highest ranking woman in Congress. In 2010 she was appointed to the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee – where almost half of all legislation pertaining to the economy must pass. She currently serves on the Health Subcommittee, where she plays an active role in advancing affordable, patient-centered health care reforms.

Of the 72 bills signed into law in 2013, Cathy authored two of them: 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 expand opportunities for families in Eastern Washington.

A longtime advocate for members of the military and their families, she co-founded the bipartisan Military Family Caucus to provide military spouses and children a voice in Congress. Cathy is also the Co-Chair of five Congressional caucuses: Military Family, Down Syndrome, Lumber, Neuroscience, and the Rural Health Coalition.

In January 2014 Cathy delivered the Republican address following the State of the Union, in which she articulated a hopeful, bold Republican vision that will make life better for the American people.

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. She has also 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.

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Cathy is the Republican Conference Chair

She serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee

She is leading efforts to bring KC-46A tankers to Fairchild Air Force Base


Cathy delivers the Republican address following the State of the Union

“A to Z” Mill Creek Pilot Project announced — a public private partnership to manage 50,000 acres in the Colville National Forest to help improve forest health and create jobs


Cathy authors 2 bills that become law:

Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act

National Pediatric Research Network Act of 2013


Cathy is appointed to the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee


Cathy is elected Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference


Cathy marries Brian Rodgers

(They have 3 children together. She is the only Member of Congress in history to give birth three times while in office.)


Cathy keeps Fairchild Air Force Base off the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) list.


Cathy is elected to the House of Representatives

Posts about Cathy


Last Week in Pictures: February 28 – March 5

See more behind-the-scenes photos on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH Congresswoman…


Last Week in Pictures: January 10 – 16

Media Montage On Tuesday, Cathy McMorris Rodgers adjusts her earpiece just before going live on the air with…


Last Week in Pictures

Taking Care of Our Veterans On Friday, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) introduced the Faster Care for Veterans Act, a bill that works to make sure our veterans have the same options that people…


Demanding Answers for Eastern Washington’s Veterans

“I look to the future with hope that we can act swiftly and appropriately –…


Q&A with Cathy

In this series, “Q&A with Cathy,” I hope you’ll submit any questions you may have – whether about the government, jobs, health care, or anything else – and I’ll answer them here. You can email your questions…


McMorris Rodgers: Providing Certainty for Eastern Washington Taxpayers

 Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) released the…


Pursuing a Bold and Firm Strategy in Iran

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) released the following statement today after passage of H. Res….


We Need a Permanent Solution, Not a Quick Fix

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) issued the following statement tonight after President Obama’s…


Be Better Informed About Ebola

McMorris Rodgers Statement on Ebola Crisis WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) issued the following statement…


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