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U.S. Representative

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) 98,426 51.23%
Natasha Hill (D) 58,527 30.46%
Ann Marie Danimus (D) 20,018 10.42%
Sean Clynch (R) 15,146 7.88%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

About The Race

The Candidates

Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Party:
Republican
Age:
53
City:
Spokane, Washington
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. Serves as ranking member of the House's Energy and Commerce Committee since 2021. 

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.

Natasha Hill

Party:
Democratic
Age:
40
City:
Spokane, Washington
Occupation:
Attorney

Education: Graduated from Rogers High School in 2000. Earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Washington in 2003. Earned a law degree from the Southwestern School of Law in Los Angeles in 2006. 

Political experience: First run for public office. 

Work experience: Attorney at Natasha L. Hill, P.S., in the Browne's Addition neighborhood of Spokane. Adjunct professor at Gonzaga Law School, coaching their civil and human rights moot court teams. 

Family: Single. Has two children. 

Ann Marie Danimus

Party:
Democratic
Age:
52
City:
Spokane, Washington

Education: Graduated from Saint George's School in 1988 and graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor's degree in 1993.

Work experience: Owns marketing company Stubborn Girl Creative, which specializes in small business development, and runs a nonprofit called Stubborn Girl Fund 4 Arts and Education, where she makes short education films and documentaries. Before owning a business, Danimus briefly worked as on-air talent for KXLY Extra. 

Political experience: Came in third in three-candidate primary running as an independent in challenge to incumbent Republican state Sen. Mike Padden in August 2020. 

Family: Single, no children. Lives with mother and extended family in Spokane. 

Sean Clynch

Party:
Republican
Age:
60
City:
Edwall, Washington
Occupation:
Substitute teacher

Education: Graduated from Eastern Washington University with a degree in international affairs in 1992. Graduated from high school in Colorado in 1979. 

Political experience: First run for political office. Served as an intern for U.S. Rep. Eva Clayton, D-N.C., in 1992. 

Work experience: Substitute teacher with Spokane Public Schools. Served in the U.S. Army as well as the Washington National Guard. Worked as a field officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Bosnia during the war.

Family: Single. Has no children. 

Complete Coverage

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to reschedule town hall in Spokane

McMorris Rodgers will travel to Indiana to attend the funeral of Rep. Jackie Walorski, who died earlier this month in a car crash along with two of her staffers. The Indiana Republican was 58 years old and had served in Congress since 2013. 

Inland Northwest lawmakers split along party lines on Senate Democrats’ climate, inflation bill

Democrats praised the package as a necessary step to address the problems of rising costs and greenhouse gas emissions, while Republicans panned the legislation as irresponsible on issues of energy production, drug costs and more. 

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to hold town hall in Spokane on Wednesday

The congresswoman has routinely held town hall events in Spokane during the House of Representatives’ August recess. Her office said the 5 p.m. event, which is free to attend, will be her 13th in the district this year. 

Spokane Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers supports House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voiced support on Wednesday for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, amid threats from Beijing of a military response.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers will face Natasha Hill in November election for Congress

McMorris Rodgers, who at 53 years old is seeking her 10th term in Congress, finished first in balloting with a little more than 50% of the vote. Democratic voters in the district put Natasha Hill second, with 31% of the vote counted Tuesday. Fellow Democratic candidate Ann Marie Danimus, 51, won 11% of the Tuesday vote. 

Haven’t yet voted in the primary election? Here’s what’s at stake in Spokane County

For those who liking waiting to the last minute to cast their ballots, here’s a look at the candidate field. 

McMorris Rodgers, House Democrats back compromise to pass historic privacy bill. But will Cantwell let it pass?

WASHINGTON – Congress appears closer than ever to passing sweeping legislation that would set national standards for how tech companies collect and use Americans’ personal data, but that won’t happen unless two Washington lawmakers can get on the same page.

McMorris Rogers says bill to protect access to contraception a ‘Trojan horse for more abortions’

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers helped lead the Republican opposition on Thursday to a Democratic proposal to protect access to contraception nationwide.

No cuts for VA hospitals in Spokane and Walla Walla after proposal blocked by lawmakers including Tester, Murray

WASHINGTON – A proposal to cut services at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals in Spokane and Walla Walla appears dead after a bipartisan group of senators withdrew their support last week.

‘Extremist,’ a ‘most momentous day’: Local lawmakers, officials react to overturning of Roe v. Wade

The Supreme Court’s decision Friday to revoke a Constitutional protection for abortion drew an impassioned response from lawmakers in the Inland Northwest.

‘I do not want to be a winner by cheating’: GOP officials, election workers tell Jan. 6 panel about Trump’s pressure campaign

WASHINGTON – In a hearing Tuesday, the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol turned its attention to the efforts of former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 presidential election by pressuring local officials who stood firm despite threats and intimidation.

McMorris Rodgers, Murray slam ‘inexcusably broken’ computer system over revelations it harmed veterans

WASHINGTON – Two Washington lawmakers expressed outrage Sunday and Monday over findings that a flawed computer system has harmed scores of veterans since the Department of Veterans Affairs began piloting it in the Inland Northwest in October 2020.

District 5 Congressional race: Two Democrats and a Republican seek to unseat Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers, who’s eyeing 10th term

Natasha Hill, a 39-year-old local attorney and Hillyard native, and Ann Marie Danimus, a 51-year-old marketing professional with ties to the region’s rural reaches, have both filed as Democrats to unseat McMorris Rodgers, 53, who’s seeking a 10th term in Washington D.C. Sean Clynch, a 60-year-old substitute teacher and Army veteran, rounds out the primary ballot as a Republican.

Firearm and body armor restrictions, mental health screenings urged by lawmakers in reaction to latest shooting tragedy

WASHINGTON – Opponents of restricting firearms often argue that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” a line famously uttered by the chief executive of the National Rifle Association after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school a decade ago.

Congress approves $40 billion in aid to Ukraine as bipartisan vote splits Northwest Republicans

WASHINGTON – The Senate on Thursday approved $40 billion in military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine in a bipartisan measure backed by Democrats and most Republicans, while Northwest lawmakers reflected a national split among GOP lawmakers over the cost of the assistance.

Incumbents dominate fundraising in Washington, Idaho congressional races

WASHINGTON – Fundraising in races for Congress in Washington and Idaho has so far been dominated by incumbents, campaign finance disclosures filed Friday show, with few competitive races drawing the major outside spending seen in other parts of the country.

‘I feel like we’re at ground zero’: Victims, law enforcement and addiction experts talk fentanyl in roundtable with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

McMorris Rodgers convened the panel of representatives from the Spokane Police Department, Sheriff’s Office, Spokane Regional Health District and Washington State University’s School of Pharmacy to question what could be done federally to address the local problem.

Veterans, local officials push back against VA plan to downsize Walla Walla medical center

WASHINGTON – After the Department of Veterans Affairs released a sweeping plan last week to revamp the nation’s biggest health care system, veterans and officials in Walla Walla have pushed back on a proposal that would downsize the city’s VA hospital.

Murray, McMorris Rodgers demand VA stop computer system launch in Walla Walla after reports reveal problems persist at Spokane hospital

WASHINGTON – A “furious” Washington senator demanded the Department of Veterans Affairs stop the launch of a new computer system in Walla Walla after a watchdog agency on Thursday revealed dozens of problems with the system remain unresolved at Spokane’s VA hospital.

Risch calls for more arms to Ukraine after Zelenskyy addresses Congress

WASHINGTON – Idaho Sen. Jim Risch, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called for the United States to provide airplanes and more weapons to Ukraine after the country’s president addressed members of Congress on Wednesday.