Candidate Profile
Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Republican , Washington


Cathy McMorris Rodgers
U.S. Rep., Dist. 5

Panel Rating



Conservative Organizations

Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2015-16:  100%
Center for Security Policy, 2015-16:  100%
FRC Action, 2017:  100%
National Right to Life, 2017-19:  100%
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2013-14:  92%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2017:  85%, 87% (cum.)
Americans for Prosperity (AFP), 2017-18:  87%, 84% (cum.)
National Taxpayers Union, 2016:  B
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  78%
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2016:  91%, 72% (cum.)
Club for Growth, 2016:  72%, 71% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2018:  48%, 69% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2017-18:  55%, 54% (cum.)
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  46%
Conservative Review (CR), 2018:  44% (cum.)



Liberal Organizations

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2016:  15%
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2015:  13%, 10% (cum.)
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2015-16:  5%
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2015:  0%, 5% (cum.)
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2017:  0%, 3% (cum.)
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2015:  0%
Human Rights Campaign, 2015-16:  0%
Planned Parenthood, 2017:  0%





Campaign for Working Families, Hunters Heritage Council, Maggie's List, Susan B. Anthony List, Winning for Women

Reported by Candidate

Susan B. Anthony's List, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, Winning for Women

Selected Contributions


Aaron Schock, Barbara Bailey, Bob Beauprez, Bob Gibbs, Bob Latta, Bobby Schilling and 62 more
American Principles, Associated Builders and Contractors, AX PAC, Back Americas Conservatives PAC, Badger Fund, Bob McCaslin, Jr. and 83 more


Airline Pilots Association, American Maritime Officers, American Wind Energy Association, International Association of Firefighters, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, National Air Traffic Controllers Association and 3 more







Other Information

Voted for Obama's budget deal with Republicans in December 2015

One of the Republicans who voted for the 2018 Omnibus Spending package on March 22, 2018. The vehicle for the roll call vote was H.R. 1625. The package included continued funding for Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities, no funding for new border wall construction, and no funding for Veterans Affairs reforms.


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Strongly Agree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.


Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree

Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.

Strongly Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree

The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.

Strongly Agree

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Strongly Disagree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

Strongly Disagree

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree

It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.

Strongly Disagree

I support the death penalty.


Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree

The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.

Strongly Agree

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree

I voted in these elections:

2010 General Election, 2010 Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Primary

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Abortion should only be an option in cases where the life of the mother is in danger and every reasonable alternative has been explored.

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

The United States should strengthen its military power to ensure the complete destruction of the radical Islamist threat.

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

The Founders knew that absolute power corrupts absolutely, so they divided power under the Constitution.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe that God has guided and continues to guide my steps and has led me to where I am today.

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?


Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

I strongly supported the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which implements the core conservative ideals of lower taxes and job promotion. It puts into place Ronald Reagan’s belief that the best social program is a job.

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

We need to provide certainty for states and stop these double digit rate increases. That’s why I’ve supported: Rep. Ryan Costello’s Cost Sharing Reduction Bill to constitutionally fund CSR payments and create a state and patient stability fund to stabilize insurance markets; Legislation to address medical liability reform, the biggest cost driver in our healthcare system; Association health plans; Health Savings Accounts; and the ability to purchase insurance across state lines

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Government should ensure that there is a level playing field, reduce regulations, and keep taxes low.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a great start to lowering the tax burden placed on American families each year. I want to work with my colleagues to continue finding ways to reduce the tax burden on Eastern Washington families.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

The best way to bring down unemployment is to foster a strong economy. Republican policies are working. We are seeing the lowest national unemployment in many years, including the lowest black and hispanic unemployment in years.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

I am committed to protecting Social Security. Seniors have worked all of their lives to build our communities, raise their families and make our nation strong. They deserve to receive the retirement benefits they have worked so hard to earn. I will make sure the federal government keeps its commitments to our seniors. However, Social Security must be put on a path toward fiscal sustainability so that it can withstand economic and demographic changes and be available for future generations.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

I have held this office since 2005. Before that I was a state representative for ten years. I am a working mother of three and have a B.A. and E.M.B.A. For 13 years, I worked on my family’s orchard and family fruit stand in Eastern Washington.

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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

With God’s grace, the support of my family, and help from all of you, I believe we can find common ground and work together to build a stronger, more unified Eastern Washington.


  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Executive MBA, 2002
  • Pensacola Christian College, Pensacola, FL, BA, 1990
Work & Military
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  • U.S. Representative (WA-5), Held 2004-present
  • WA State Representative (WA-7), Held 1994-2004

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