McMorris Rodgers Dispels Rumors That She Wants Cantor’s Job

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 05: U.S. House Republican Conference Chairman Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) listens during a briefing March 5, 2014 at the headquarters of the Republican National Committee in Washington, DC. House Republicans briefed members of the media after a closed conference meeting.
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Billy House
June 11, 2014, 12:14 p.m.

House Re­pub­lic­an Con­fer­ence Chair Cathy Mc­Mor­ris Rodgers an­nounced Wed­nes­day she will not seek to move up in GOP lead­er­ship ranks right now, des­pite word that Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Eric Can­tor plans to step down in the wake of his primary de­feat Tues­day.

“After much en­cour­age­ment from my col­leagues, con­ver­sa­tions with my fam­ily, and many pray­ers, I have de­cided to re­main Con­fer­ence Chair at this time,” she said in a state­ment Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. “I look for­ward to con­tin­ue lead­ing my col­leagues and build­ing on our suc­cesses to in­tro­duce a cul­ture of in­nov­a­tion to Cap­it­ol Hill, im­prove the im­age of House Re­pub­lic­ans, and unite our en­tire Con­fer­ence be­hind con­ser­vat­ive solu­tions that serve people in every corner of Amer­ica.”

Spec­u­la­tion had already star­ted to swirl around Mc­Mor­ris Rodgers, cur­rently the fourth-ranked House Re­pub­lic­an lead­er, as someone who might seek to suc­ceed Can­tor as lead­er or pos­sibly move up to ma­jor­ity whip.

She is the highest-ranked Re­pub­lic­an wo­man in the House. And she gained more na­tion­al re­cog­ni­tion earli­er this year when she was tapped to give the of­fi­cial Re­pub­lic­an re­sponse to Pres­id­ent Obama’s State of the Uni­on ad­dress.

But for now, she’s stay­ing put.