McMorris Rodgers Welcomes Freshman Herrera Beutler With Special Gift

Jan 07, 2011

Handing Over Hatching Chick Artwork

Washington, DC – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) joined three other Members of the Washington State delegation to welcome the newest member of the delegation, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), on her first day in office.

Rep. Herrera Beutler was presented with a ceremonial painting by Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Rep. Norm Dicks (WA-06), Rep. Doc Hastings (WA-04), and Rep. Dave Reichert (WA-08).  The painting of a newly hatched chick is a traditional welcome to the newest member of the Washington State delegation from the other members.  The tradition began in 1972 when the painting was purchased by then-Rep. Joel Pritchard.  The painting has been passed down from Member to Member ever since. 

“Dave and I received the painting from Rick Larsen on our first day in office in 2005, and that little chick has been with us for the past six years,” said Rep. McMorris Rodgers.  “Starting today, it has a new owner – a great new leader for Southwest Washington.”

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