Cathy McMorris Rodgers is the Chairman of the House Republican conference. In her Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union Address she will articulate a conservative message – with broad appeal for all Americans – about how we believe a government that trusts the individual is the best way to help people find good-paying jobs, take home more of their paychecks, and build a thriving middle class. She will share this vision through her compelling personal story.
She grew up working at her family’s orchard in Eastern Washington state; she worked her way through college at a McDonald’s Drive-Thru to become the first in her family to graduate; and her oldest son has Down syndrome, which led her to become a vocal leader on disabilities issues and protecting our most vulnerable.
McMorris Rodgers has given birth to three children since coming to Congress – making her the first in history to do so.
The Republican address is not the opportunity to make a policy speech like the President has the time to do in the State of the Union. Instead, McMorris Rodgers will deliver a vision speech – what Republicans believe and why we think it will help people get ahead.