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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The congresswoman told reporters Friday that the partial government shutdown, now concluding its fourth week, provided an opportunity for lawmakers to strike a deal on border security and immigration reform, even as party leaders in Washington D.C. appear far apart on a compromise.
Congress and the president should reopen the government by striking a new deal on border security and DACA, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said. But the Senate should vote again on the deal it approved just last month to end a reckless shutdown, Sen. Patty Murray said.
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