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Cathy McMorris Rodgers

A candidate for U.S. Representative, Congressional District 5 in the 2012 Washington Primary

Party: Republican

Age: 45City: 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. 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.

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Last updated: Aug. 10, 3 p.m. Election results

Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) 76,116 55.48%
Rich Cowan (D) 46,031 33.55%
Randall Yearout (R) 10,743 7.83%
Ian Moody (N) 4,307 3.14%
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