About Cathy McMorris Rodgers
I grew up working at my family’s orchard and fruit stand in Kettle Falls, Washington. Back then, if you had told me that I’d one day go on to serve as the highest ranking Republican woman in Congress, I wouldn’t have believed you.
Some years didn’t go as well as we hoped they would, but my parents were optimists, and they wanted me and my brother to have the opportunity for a better life. For as long as I can remember, I was saving money to help make it happen – working on the orchard, serving burgers at the McDonald’s Drive Thru, or cleaning rooms at a local motel. Eventually, I became the first person in my family to college, where I later earned an Executive MBA from the University of Washington (still paying off those student loans) and went on to serve in the Washington State House for five terms, eventually being chosen as Republican Leader – the first woman of either party to hold that position.
The dream my parents had for me is my version of the American Dream.
Today, my “Super Dad” husband, Brian, and our three young kids, Cole, Grace, and Brynn, inspire me every day to keep America’s Promise for our kids and grandkids by serving in the People’s House.
America should be a country where people are trusted to make the best decisions for themselves and their voices are actually heard in Washington, D.C. Where we’re not defined by our limits, but by our potential.
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) represents Eastern Washington State in the U.S. House of Representatives and is Chair of the House Republican Conference. Born to a farming family with deep roots in Eastern Washington, Cathy grew up working on the family orchard with her parents and brother. She was the first in her family to graduate from college—and later earned an Executive MBA from the University of Washington. She served in the Washington State House before being elected to Congress in 2004. When the legislature was not in session, Cathy worked in her family’s small business, Peachcrest Fruit Basket, near Kettle Falls, Washington.
As the House Republican Conference Chair, Cathy has turned the position into a think tank for a 21st Century Congress by generating innovative conservative policy solutions and embracing cutting-edge communication technologies to reach new audiences from all walks of life.
McMorris Rodgers is founder and co-chair of the Congressional Military Family and Down Syndrome Caucuses.
She is married to Brian Rodgers, a retired 26 year active-duty Navy Commander. They have one son and two daughters.