Cathy McMorris Rodgers to Deliver Republican State of the Union Rebuttal

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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers and House Majority Majority Leader Eric Cantor walk through Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol October 11, 2013 in Washington, DC.
National Journal
Shane Goldmacher
Jan. 23, 2014, 10:30 a.m.

Cathy Mc­Mor­ris Rodgers is about to get her mo­ment in the na­tion­al spot­light. Con­gres­sion­al Re­pub­lic­ans an­nounced Thursday that the fifth-term rep­res­ent­at­ive from Wash­ing­ton state would de­liv­er the na­tion­ally tele­vised of­fi­cial Re­pub­lic­an re­but­tal to Pres­id­ent Obama’s State of the Uni­on speech next week.

Mc­Mor­ris Rodgers cer­tainly has a com­pel­ling per­son­al bio­graphy. She was the first in her fam­ily to gradu­ate from col­lege and now serves as the fourth-rank­ing Re­pub­lic­an, and highest-rank­ing wo­man, in the House. She is a moth­er of three chil­dren — all of whom she gave birth to since she was first elec­ted — and is the only wo­man ever to have more than one child while in Con­gress. Her eld­est son has Down syn­drome, and after his birth she foun­ded the Con­gres­sion­al Down Syn­drome Caucus.

“Her ex­per­i­ence, hard work, and com­mit­ment to fam­ily provide an ex­ample that Amer­ic­ans out­side the halls of Con­gress un­der­stand,” Sen­ate Minor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell said in an­noun­cing the pick.

Mc­Mor­ris Rodgers, who is the chair­wo­man of the House Re­pub­lic­an Con­fer­ence, said in a state­ment, “I am honored to speak with Amer­ic­ans in every corner of the coun­try on Tues­day and to share our Re­pub­lic­an vis­ion for a bet­ter fu­ture — one that trusts the Amer­ic­an people and doesn’t lim­it where you fin­ish be­cause of where you star­ted.”

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