WASHINGTON – Count Washington Sen. Patty Murray among those confident the U.S. Senate will pass a budget this spring. The new Budget Committee chairwoman said Wednesday it’s time for her colleagues “to get to work,” acknowledging that the upper chamber has failed to approve a spending plan since 2009, but chastising Republican members of the GOP-controlled House for what she considers years of disruptive tactics. Read more
Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Age: 45City: Spokane, WA
Occupation: U.S. congresswoman
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.
CATHY MCMORRIS RODGERS
Education: Graduated from the Columbia River Christian Academy, Kettle Falls, in 1986. Earned pre-law bachelor’s degree from Pensacola Christian College in 1990. Earned executive master’s in business administration from the University of Washington in 2002.
Work experience: Aide to state representative, 1990-93; worked at her family orchard and fruit stand for 13 years, prior to election to Congress; worked at McDonalds in high school.
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.
Family: Married. Has three children.
Last updated: Nov. 13, 6:02 p.m. Election results
|Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R)||177,481||62.05%|
|Rich Cowan (D)||108,548||37.95%|
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