Cathy (Cathy) McMorris Rodgers (R-05)

US Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Cathy (Cathy) McMorris Rodgers (R-05)
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Capitol: 202.225.2006
FAX: 202.225.3392
District: 509.353.2374
Representative
Room 1035 LHOB- Longworth House Office Building 15 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20515-4705
555 South Main Street
Colville, WA 99114-2503
Residence:Spokane, WA

Committee Assignments

RM MemberHouse Committee on Energy and Commerce
Co-ChairRural Health Care Coalition
ChairmanCongressional Hydropower Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Military Families Caucus
Co-ChairNorthwest Energy Caucus
FC MemberSustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on Lumber
Co-ChairCongressional Neuroscience Caucus
Vice ChairRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
Co-ChairHouse Lumber Trade Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Mobility Air Forces Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus (STEM Caucus)
Co-ChairCongressional Down Syndrome Caucus
Co-ChairVideo Game and Esports Caucus
FC MemberALEC Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Biomass Caucus
FC MemberPro-Life Women's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Defense Energy Security Caucus
FC MemberPotato Caucus
FC MemberHouse Agriculture Energy Users Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology (E-Tech Caucus)
Co-ChairHouse Republican New Media Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Canada
Co-ChairCongressional Community Pharmacy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Mining Caucus
FC MemberWater Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Nuclear Cleanup Caucus
FC MemberFragile X Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Deaf Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional ENGINE Caucus
Co-ChairDiversifying Technology Caucus
FC MemberRepublican Women's Policy Committee
FC MemberHouse Rare Earth Caucus
FC MemberHouse Specialty Crops Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Modern Agriculture
FC MemberHouse Impact Aid Coalition
FC MemberBipartisan Disabilities Caucus (BDC)
FC MemberCongressional High Technology Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberNorthern Border Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Scotland Caucus
FC MemberMalaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases Caucus
FC MemberRepublican Governance Group (Tuesday Group)
FC MemberGlobal Investment in American Jobs Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ukraine Caucus
FC MemberHouse Liberty Caucus
FC Member10th Amendment Task Force
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberU.S.-China Working Group
FC MemberCongressional Nursing Caucus
FC MemberRural Veterans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Missile Defense Caucus
Ex-OfficioHouse Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
FC MemberCongressional Caucus to Fight and Control Methamphetamine
FC MemberCongressional Cut Flower Caucus
Ex-OfficioHouse Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change
Ex-OfficioHouse Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce
FC MemberLaw Enforcement Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Composites Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Services Caucus
FC MemberCommunity College Caucus
FC MemberCrime Survivors and Justice Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cement Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Education Innovation and Opportunity (School Choice)
FC MemberFriends of Australia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Balanced Budget Amendment Caucus
Ex-OfficioHouse Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Broadcasters Caucus
Ex-OfficioHouse Subcommittee on Energy
Ex-OfficioHouse Subcommittee on Health
FC MemberMilitary Veterans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberRepublican Main Street Caucus
FC MemberRoosevelt Conservation Caucus
FC MemberDairy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Aluminum Caucus
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Women's Issues (House)
FC MemberCongressional Natural Gas Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Working Forests Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberHouse Republican Israel Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Western Caucus
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberCongressional Career and Technical Education Caucus (CTE)
FC MemberAir Force Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Rare Disease Caucus
FC MemberConservative Climate Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberUSO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Army Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coalition on Adoption
FC MemberRepublican Study Committee (RSC)
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus

Bio

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 to get results for Eastern Washington. As someone who grew up on an orchard and fruit stand in Kettle Falls, Washington, worked at her family's small business, and later became a wife and working mom of three, Cathy has lived the American Dream, and she works every day to rebuild that Dream for our children and grandchildren. Cathy served as Chair of the House Republican Conference from 2012 to 2018. Cathy was the 200th woman ever elected to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and the only woman to give birth three times while in office. A longtime advocate for members of the military and their families, Cathy co-founded the bipartisan Military Family Caucus with Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA) to provide military spouses and children a voice in Congress. She is also the co-chair of the Mobility Air Forces Caucus that advocates for the critical roles that air refueling, airlift and aero medical evacuation play in our national security. members. In August 2016, Cathy co-hosted the annual Military Family Summit at Fairchild Air Force Base with Caucus Co-Founder Representative Sanford Bishop (D-GA) to discuss the most pressing issues facing military families today. As a strong advocate for veterans, Cathy leads the charge in Congress to ensure our veterans have access to the best healthcare available. In 2017, Cathy introduced the Modernization of Medical Records Access for Veterans Act of 2017. Also in 2017, she introduced the Ethical Patient Care for Veterans Act to require Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical professionals to report directly to state licensing boards if they witness unacceptable or unethical behavior from other medical professionals at the VA. Cathy also led in returning the Spokane VA to 24-hour urgent care and partnering with the new medical school at Washington State University to work towards a teaching hospital designation for the Spokane VA, which will bring more residency slots and train doctors in our community. Cathy has long been a champion for Eastern Washington's farmers. As co-chair of the Northwest Energy Caucus and the founder of the Hydropower Caucus, Cathy is a long-time champion of dams and hydropower as a source of renewable, clean, reliable, affordable energy. In 2017, Cathy passed her Hydropower Policy Modernization Act through the House to modernize and streamline the hydropower relicensing process and encourage the development and investment in clean, renewable hydroelectric energy. Cathy is committed to environmental stewardship. In the Spring of 2018, Cathy ushered her bill into law to extend the Secure Rural Schools program which provides funding for rural, timber-dependent counties to fund public and municipal needs like infrastructure, public schools, law enforcement and more. Cathy was instrumental in the development of the A to Z Project on the Colville National Forest. She is also a strong supporter of carbon-neutral biomass as a clean, renewable energy resource. In 2010, Cathy was appointed to the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. As co-chair of the Rural Health Caucus, she advocates for better access to affordable and quality health care services in our rural communities, and in early 2018, her legislation to extend and expand the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program was signed into law, which will help meet the doctor shortage in rural and underserved areas. In 2015, Cathy's Steve Gleason Act was signed into law to provide a temporary fix to a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) policy that limited access to speech-generating devices for people with ALS. In 2018, Cathy's Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act was signed into law to make that fix permanent. She is a longtime supporter of increased resources at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and has repeatedly voted for increases in funding to help combat the opioid epidemic in Eastern Washington and across the country. As a co-sponsor, vocal advocate and co-author of the 21st Century Cures Act. Cathy is a vocal, devoted champion for the disability community. In 2014, she played an instrumental role in securing final passage of the ABLE Act, which was described as the most comprehensive piece of disability legislation since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Cathy believes that restoring trust and confidence in representative government starts with ensuring taxpayer dollars are used efficiently and effectively. In Spring of 2017, she introduced the Unauthorized Spending Accountability Act (USA Act), which requires greater scrutiny of federal spending by identifying government agencies and programs that are not authorized to receive funding and puts them on a path to sunset in three years unless Congress renews them. Cathy is the co-chair of eight Congressional caucuses- Military Family, Down Syndrome, Lumber, Neuroscience, Hydropower, Northwest Energy, Rural Health Caucus, and the Mobility Air Forces Caucus. In January 2014, McMorris Rodgers 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 Rodgers. Cole was born with Trisomy 21 and inspired Cathy to become a leader in the disabilities community. She has since welcomed two daughters into the world - Grace Blossom (December 2010) and Brynn Catherine (November 2013).

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2004    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Brian Rodgers   DOB: 5/22/1969
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