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McMorris Rodgers will not run for reelection

Staff Report | February 8, 2024 6:07 PM

WASHINGTON D.C. — Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington, announced Wednesday that she will not be running for reelection when her current term ends in early 2025. She said she feels grateful to serve the people of Eastern Washington during her time in office in a formal statement to the press.

“It’s been the honor and privilege of my life to represent the people of Eastern Washington in Congress. They inspire me every day. They are part of the strength and soul of America — the greatest experiment in self-governance the world has ever known. After much prayer and reflection, I’ve decided the time has come to serve them in new ways. I will not be running for re-election to the People’s House,” the Congresswoman said in a press release. 

McMorris Rodgers serves as the chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee and has become an advocate for people with disabilities after having a son, Cole, born with Down Syndrome in the early 2000s. She added that her most privileged titles are wife and mother to her husband Brian and mother to children Cole, Grace and Brynn.

“Cole was with me on the House floor when we passed the ABLE Act, which marked a new chapter of opportunity and independence for people living with a disability. Grace and Brynn joined me at countless parades, election night parties, trips to the office, and committee hearings. I love to see their drawings and notes hanging on my office walls. Brian, Cole, Grace, and Brynn give me strength and courage to give it my best every day,” she said. 

The Congresswoman continues to be active in her role representing Eastern Washington’s 5th district which includes Spokane, Ritzveille, Wilbur, Republic and Walla Walla. She is currently advocating for improved funding for research into Down Syndrome, a disaster declaration for this past year’s cherry harvest, tax relief and others. Her current activities include both bipartisan and partisan initiatives.