Cathy McMorris Rodgers

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Cathy McMorris Rodgers currently serves the 5th Congressional district of Washington

Cathy McMorris Rodgers is a Republican member of the U. S. House of Representatives representing Washington's 5th Congressional District (map) since January 2005. At the start of the 111th Congress, she was elected vice-chair of the Republican Conference.

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Abortion issues record

McMorris Rodgers was labeled "pro-life" and endorsed in the 2004 elections by the We Vote Pro-Life PAC.[1]

Energy and environment record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Rights, liberties and courts record

McMorris Rodgers voted for final passage of the USA Patriot Act and Terrorism Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2005[2] and has supported a constitutional flag burning amendment.

Controversial campaign contributions: Tom DeLay and Duke Cunningham

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's ARMPAC contributed $5,000 to McMorris Rodgers's campaign in the 2006 election cycle. [1][2] To date, McMorris Rodgers has not returned the money or donated it to charity. [3] McMorris Rodgers voted with Tom DeLay 94% of the time between January 2005 and March 31 2006.[3]

Main article: Tom DeLay

McMorris Rodgers has also accepted $1,000 campaign contributions during the 2006 election cycle from Representative Randy "Duke" Cunningham of California, who later pleaded guilty in a corruption case. McMorris Rodgers later gave the money to charity. [4]

Ethics rule changes following the DeLay rule change controversy

In late 2004, before Cathy McMorris Rodgers was sworn in, there was an effort by House Republicans to change an ethics rule that would require that indicted Republicans step down from any House leadership positions they might hold. This was done in order to protect Rep. Tom DeLay's (R-Texas) seat as House Majority Leader, as it appeared at the time that he was in danger of being indicted. The rule change, which came to be known as the "DeLay rule change" divided House Republicans, and at the start of the 109th Congress, was repealed.[4]

While repealing the DeLay rule change, Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted along party lines with House Republicans to pass legislation that would require a majority vote in the House Ethics Committee in order for an investigation to be launched.[5] Because the ethics committee was split evenly between Republicans and Democrats, this change effectively meant that either party could kill an investigation. Previously, a deadlocked vote would lead to an investigation, as it did when first launching investigations into DeLay. Democrats protested this change heavily, and later in the year, the rule was repealed.[6]

Main article: House Ethics Committee#Rule changes


McMorris Rodgers was born May 22, 1969 in Salem, Oregon. She was educated at Pensacola Christian College (1990 BA, Pre-Law) and the University of Washington (Executive MBA, 2002). She worked as a Legislative Assistant and as the owner/operator of an orchard fruit stand before her entry into politics,

She served in the Washington State House of Representative for the 7th District from 1994-2004, and was the House Republican leader from 2002-2003.[5]

Congressional Career

2004 elections

In 2004 McMorris Rodgers defeated Democrat Don Barbieri for the 5th District seat in the U.S. House. The seat was formerly held by Republican George Nethercutt, who announced his retirement from the House in an ultimately unsuccessful bid for election to the U. S. Senate that year.

McMorris Rodgers's campaign promises included identifying economic opportunities for the Northwest region; improving access to quality, affordable health care; and keeping our communities and nation safe. [6]

She received 59.7% of the vote in the election.[7] During her campaign, she gained the endorsements of the following groups:

2006 elections

In 2006, Democrats nominated Peter Goldmark to face McMorris Rodgers in her November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [7] McMorris Rodgers received 56.4% of the vote and retained her seat.

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Cathy McMorris Rodgers
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations

Current committees - 110th Congress

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and caucuses

  • Sophomore Class representative, Steering Committee[8]
  • Member, Republican Whip Team[9]
  • Member, House Republicans High-Tech Working Group[10]
  • Co-Chair, Bipartisan Congressional Women’s Caucus[11]

More Background Data


DC Office:
1708 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-2006
Fax: 202-225-3392
Email: cathy.mcmorris AT

District Office- Colville:
555 South Main Street
Colville, WA 99114
Phone: 509-684-3481
Fax: 509-684-3482

District Office- Spokane:
10 North Post, 6th Floor
Spokane, WA 99201
Phone: 509-353-2374
Fax: 509-353-2412

District Office- Walla Walla:
29 South Palouse Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Phone: 509-529-9358
Fax: 509-529-9379

2008 Campaign Contact Information

Official Cathy for Congress campaign website

Cathy McMorris for Congress
PO Box 137
Spokane, WA 99210-0137

Phone: 509-624-1199 Toll free: 1-877-424-1199

Jeff Morris, Grassroots Coordinator


Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch/Congresspedia resources


  1. Internet Archive Oct. 16, 2004 capture of We Vote Pro-Life's website.
  2. Office of Rep. Cathy McMorris, "McMorris Votes to Protect our Regional and National Security" (press release), December 14, 2005.
  3. "The GOP Auction House: Cathy McMorris of Washington," Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Internet Archive capture from Oct. 10, 2006.
  4. Patrick O'Connor, "GOP doubts torpedoed DeLay rule," The Hill, January 5, 2007.
  5. "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 6," Office of the Clerk, January 4, 2005.
  6. Larry Margasak, "House ethics panel ends impasse; DeLay investigation now possible," Associated Press (from, July 1, 2005.
  7. Washington Secretary of State, 2004 election results for the 5th Congressional District.
  8. "About Cathy," Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers House Page,
  9. "About Cathy," Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers House Page,
  10. "About Cathy," Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers House Page,
  11. "About Cathy," Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers House Page,

External resources

External articles

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Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
Leadership Position:
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Ranking Member On:

110th Congress
Leadership Position:
Committees Chaired:
Ranking Member On:

Sophomore Class representative, Steering Committee; Member, Republican Whip Team; Member, House Republicans High-Tech Working Group; Co-Chair, Bipartisan Congressional Women’s Caucus
Committees: House Committee on Armed Services, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Readiness, House Committee on Education and Labor, House Committee on Education and Labor/Subcommittee on Higher Education Lifelong Learning and Competitiveness, House Committee on Education and Labor/Subcommittee on Health Employment Labor and Pensions, House Committee on Natural Resources, House Committee on Natural Resources/Subcommittee on Fisheries Wildlife and Oceans, House Committee on Natural Resources/Subcommittee on Water and Power
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 2, 2004
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2005
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
Washington House of Representatives,
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 555 South Main Street, Colville, WA 99114
Phone: 509-684-3481 / Fax: 509-684-3482
2. 10 North Post, 6th Floor, Spokane, WA 99201
Phone: 509-353-2374 / Fax: 509-353-2412
3. 29 South Palouse Street, Walla Walla, WA 99362
Phone: 509-529-9358 / Fax: 509-529-9379

Campaign Contact:

Webform Email: / Email:

Campaign Offices:

1. Cathy McMorris for Congress, PO Box 137, Spokane, WA 99210-0137
Phone: 509-624-1199, Toll free: 1-877-424-1199 / Fax:

Zip Code Affiliations:

Date of Birth: May 22, 1969