Washington’s McMorris Rogers Wins GOP Leadership Post

Nov 15, 2012

A member of Congress from the Northwest will be the fourth highest-ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers won the position of chair of the House Republican Conference Wednesday. It happened in a closed meeting of House Republicans.

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, official portrait.
Credit Photo courtesy U.S. House of Representatives

Martin Kady, Congressional editor for Politico, tells NPR News McMorris Rodgers projects a more diverse image for the GOP.

Kady: “They like having Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who is young. She is 43. She’s from the West Coast and she’s a woman. She’s someone they want at the front of the mic at these press conferences.”

McMorris Rodgers won the leadership position over Congressman Tom Price of Georgia. House members also chose Oregon Congressman Greg Walden to chair the National Republican Congressional Committee. It oversees House GOP campaign efforts.

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