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. Served as ranking member of the House's Energy and Commerce Committee's Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee beginning in 2019.
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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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.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers has not distinguished herself as one who makes a lot of bold, off-the-cuff statements. Even as her profile rises, with convention speeches and appearances on the Sunday morning shows, she often conveys the sense of someone tiptoeing very carefully from word to word.
The new leader of the U.S. Senate’s budget committee said Tuesday that Republican threats to shut down the government are irresponsible. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, a Seattle-area Democrat, said there will be opportunities to negotiate budget cuts without crafting a deal around increasing the country’s borrowing limit.
Fairchild Air Force Base is one of several bases on a short list for receiving the nation’s newest air refueling tanker. The West Plains base is on a list the Air Force revealed today of possible locations for the first KC-46A refueling jets when they roll off the Boeing assembly lines later this decade.
This week’s votes to keep income tax rates from rising for most Americans split the House delegations in Washington and Idaho but unified the two states’ senators behind the last-minute deal. Two Washington Democrats in the House voted against the tax changes, while the state’s three other Democrats and all four Republicans helped approve it.
Spokane’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center will be renamed for a pair of local heroes, both houses of Congress decided Thursday. The northwest Spokane facility will become the Mann-Grandstaff Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in honor of Pfc. Joe E. Mann and Platoon Sgt. Bruce Grandstaff, soldiers who won the Medal of Honor in two different wars.