Cathy McMorris Rodgers Named Democracy Awards Finalist

Mar 19, 2019

Congressional Management Foundation Recognizes Rep. McMorris Rodgers for Outstanding Achievement in Operations and Office Culture

SPOKANE, WA– The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) today announced that Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers is a finalist for the Democracy Awards, CMF’s honors program recognizing non-legislative achievement in operations and constituent service by congressional offices and Members of Congress. Rep. McMorris Rodgers is recognized for excellence in the “Life in Congress”- Workplace Environment category, which highlights offices that have established both formal policies and informal cultures that enhance the work-life fit and professional development of their staffs.

This is the second year in a row that Cathy has been recognized for her leadership to restore trust and confidence in representative government. In 2018, she earned CMF’s Democracy Award for Innovation.

“My team and I strive every single day to be the best citizens and public servants we can be– not just in what we do but also how we do it,” said Cathy. “We live and work by our values, a motto called, ‘Have Fun While We SERVE’ — Seek Excellence, Everybody Matters, Responsibly Own It, Vigilant Integrity, and Embrace Change. It’s these values that empower us to build trust as a team and with those we serve in Eastern Washington. I’m grateful to the Congressional Management Foundation for again recognizing our work to be the model office on Capitol Hill.”

“As a finalist in “Life in Congress”- Workplace Environment, Rep. McMorris Rodgers’ office is one of the best in Congress,” said Bradford Fitch, President and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation. “This designation demonstrates that Rep. Rodgers has made a significant commitment to being the best public servant for her constituents in Washington. Rep. McMorris Rodgers and her staff are to be congratulated for not only being a model for colleagues in Congress, but for helping to restore trust and faith that our democratic institutions can work,” he said.

Twelve House and Senate offices were honored as finalists in three categories: 1) Constituent Service; 2) Transparency, Accountability, and Innovation; and 3) “Life in Congress”- Workplace Environment. House and Senate personal offices self-nominated using an online questionnaire, and CMF followed up with offices to gather documentation and assess the office’s adherence to the established criteria.

A committee comprised primarily of former Members of Congress and former congressional staffers will select the two winners (one Democrat and one Republican) for each category. Winners will be announced in May, and a ceremony to honor finalists and winners will be held on June 20, 2019. For more information, please visit

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