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Cathy McMorris Rodgers

A candidate for U.S. Representative in the 2012 Washington General Election

Party: Republican

Age: 49

City: Spokane, WA

Occupation: U.S. congresswoman

Education: Graduated from the Columbia River Christian Academy, Kettle Falls, in 1986. Earned pre-law bachelor’s degree from Pensacola Christian College in 1990 and executive MBA from the University of Washington in 2002.

Political experience: Appointed to state House of Representatives, serving the 7th Legislative District, in 1993. Elected to state House in 1994, where she served until joining Congress. Elected to Congress in 2004. Former Vice Chair of House Republican Conference. Elected chairwoman of House Republican Conference in 2013.

Work experience: Aide to state representative, 1990-93. Worked at her family orchard and fruit stand for 13 years, prior to election to Congress.

Family: Married. Has three young children.


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On this race:

Key issues: Says tax cuts set to expire at the end of the year should be maintained for all. Voted against Affordable Care Act -- the health care law signed into law by President Barack Obama. Opposed bank bailouts and car manufacturer bailouts. Opposes decriminalization of marijuana laws. Opposes abortion rights unless a woman’s life is in danger. Opposes allowing gays to serve openly in the military. Notable: Chairwoman of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in Washington.

Election results

Candidate Votes Pct
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) 177,481 62.05 %
Rich Cowan (D) 108,548 37.95 %

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Rich Cowan

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