Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was re-elected the House Republican Conference chairwoman today by GOP members who returned all their top leaders for the upcoming Congress.
House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise were also re-elected. The conference chairmanship is considered the Number Four position in leadership.
McMorris Rodgers won re-election last week to a sixth term with about 60 percent of the vote. Her Democratic opponent Joe Pakootas unsuccessfully challenged her leadership position as a sign that she was more in touch with Washington, D.C., than the voters of her Eastern Washington district. McMorris Rodgers countered that it gave her "a place at the table" to raise local and regional issues when legislation was being discussed.