Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the Republican from Colville, is in elite company, according to the National Journal. As part of its series on women in power, the magazine crafted a list of the most-influential. Some are well-known such as Secretary of Defense Hillary Clinton, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagen and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Some require an insider’s knowledge of Washington to recognize such as D.C. power lawyer Beth Wilkinson, American Insurance Association president Leigh Ann Pusey and Service Employees International President Mary Kay Henry.
And only a few are elected members of Congress. McMorris Rodgers is one of them.
Here’s what the magazine said about her in its slideshow: “Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., is the highest-ranking woman in the House GOP leadership, and says raising her two children has made her a better representative. She gave birth to both while in office.”
McMorris Rodgers served in the state House of Representatives from 1994 to 2004 when she was elected to Congress from the 5th District.
Here is a link to the National Journal story.