Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers easily won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, and defeated Democrat Rich Cowan in all the counties in the Eastern Washington District, including Spokane County. Click here to see a map of the vote for all of Eastern Washington’s 5th… Read more
Age: 58City: Spokane, WA
Occupation: CEO and founder, North by Northwest
On this race: Key issues: Says tax cuts set to expire at the end of the year should be maintained for all but those who earn more than $200,000 a year. Says the Affordable Care Act is an “important first step” in improving the health care system. Believes bailouts to banks and auto industry helped prevent further economic collapse. Supports reclassifying marijuana to allow it to be prescribed by doctors. Supports abortion rights. Supports allowing gays to serve openly in the military. Notable: Besides producing numerous films, Cowan has directed a few as well that were filmed in Spokane.
Education: Graduated from Juanita High School in Kirkland, Wash. in 1974. Earned broadcast journalism degree from Washington State University in 1979. Earned human nutrition master’s degree from WSU in 1984.
Work experience: Co-founded North by Northwest Productions in 1990. Worked as the community affairs director for KHQ-TV from 1986-1990. Served as a firefighter and emergency medical technician at Washington State University while a college student. Served on Community Colleges of Spokane Vocational Advicsory Council in mid-1990s. Former Eagle Scout.
Political experience: Ran for Congress in 2012 against U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
Family: Divorced. Has two adult 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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