GOP Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers announces she won’t seek re-election

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) revealed Thursday she won’t run for re-election, deciding that “the time has come to serve the folks of Japanese Washington in new methods” after almost 20 years within the House of Representatives

McMorris Rodgers, the chairwoman of the Home Power and Commerce Committee, is the 18th GOP House member to announce that they gained’t search re-election in 2024 and the thirteenth stating that they intend to retire from public workplace. 

“After a lot prayer and reflection, I’ve determined the time has come to serve the folks of Japanese Washington in new methods,” the 54-year-old lawmaker wrote on X. “I can’t be working for re-election to the Folks’s Home.”

McMorris Rodgers referred to as her prolonged stint because the consultant of Washington’s fifth Congressional District “the respect and privilege of my life,” in a press release launched by her workplace. 

“Particularly as Chair of the Power and Commerce Committee, I’ve seen one of the best of Japanese Washington and america of America,” she said. “We are going to spend this yr honoring the Committee’s wealthy historical past — plowing the laborious floor essential to legislate on options to make folks’s lives higher and guarantee America wins the long run.” 

McMorris Rodgers serves because the chair of the Home Power and Commerce Committee. AP

McMorris Rodgers served in congressional management for 10 years as vice chair and chair of the Home GOP Convention earlier than being elected to rating member of the Power and Commerce Committee in 2021. 

In her word, she praised her household for being in her “nook from the beginning” of her political profession.

“I like to see their drawings and notes hanging on my workplace partitions. Brian, Cole, Grace, and Brynn give me power and braveness to offer it my greatest every single day,” McMorris Rodgers stated of her husband and three kids. 

“My brother give up his job to run my first marketing campaign. My dad coated each street in Japanese Washington with marketing campaign indicators. My mother has been my best encourager and fiercest defender. I couldn’t have served so nicely with out their love, help, and persistence,” she added. 

Cathy McMorris Rodgers
McMorris Rodgers has served within the Home of Representatives for almost 20 years. AP

The Washington Republican is the third Home GOP chair to announce their retirement in latest months. 

Home Monetary Companies Chairman Patrick McHenry (R-NC) and Home Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-Texas) both announced they’d not seek re-election late final yr. 

“The most effective is but to return,” McMorris Rodgers’ assertion concluded. 

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