Cathy McMorris Rodgers

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Cathy McMorris Rodgers
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U.S. House, Washington, District 5
In office
January 3, 2005-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 10
Washington House of Representatives Minority Leader
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington State House of Representatives
Bachelor'sPensacola Christian College
Master'sUniversity of Washington
Date of birthMay 22, 1969
Place of birthSalem, Oregon
Office website
Campaign website
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (b. May 22, 1969) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Washington. McMorris Rodgers represents Washington's 5th congressional district and was first elected to the House in 2004. She won re-election in 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Rodgers is a "far-right Republican".[2]


McMorris Rodgers grew up working in her family's orchard and was the first person in her family to go to college. She earned her bachelor's degree from Pensacola Christian College and went on to earn her M.B.A. from the University of Washington. McMorris Rodgers began her political career as Cathy McMorris before marrying Brian Rodgers in 2006 and taking his last name.[3]


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Rodgers serves on the following committees:[4]


McMorris Rodgers was a member of the following House committees:[5]


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Cathy McMorris Rodgers endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [6]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Rodgers voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. She was one of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]



See also: Washington's 5th congressional district elections, 2012

McMorris Rodgers won re-election in 2012.[1][8] She and Rich Cowan advanced past the blanket primary on August 7 2012 and faced off in the general election on November 6, 2012.[9]

U.S. House, Washington District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCathy McMorris Rodgers Incumbent 61.9% 191,066
     Democratic Rich Cowan 38.1% 117,512
Total Votes 308,578
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, McMorris Rodgers won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Daryl Romeyn (D).[10]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Washington, Congressional District 5, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCathy McMorris Rodgers Incumbent 63.7% 177,235
     Democrat Daryl Romeyn 36.3% 101,146
Total Votes 278,381

Campaign donors

Breakdown of the source of McMorris Rodgers's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

McMorris Rodgers won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, McMorris Rodgers's campaign committee raised a total of $1,453,240 and spent $1,381,220.[11]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Rodgers paid her congressional staff a total of $973,022 in 2011. Overall, Washington ranks 18th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[12]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Jackson's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $421,020 to $2,254,998. That averages to $1,338,009, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[13]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

McMorris Rodgers voted with the Republican Party 95.7% of the time, which ranked 12 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[14]

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Cathy McMorris married Brian Rodgers in 2006, and the couple have two children.[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
George Nethercutt
U.S. House of Representatives - Washington, District 5
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Washington State House of Representatives
Succeeded by