McMorris Rodgers Vows to Push 'Bold' Conservatism in Run for No. 4 Leadership Slot

A handful of House races are still disputed, but top Republicans on the Hill aren’t wasting time to jockey for new positions in the 113th Congress.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) vice-chairman of the House Republican Conference, announced today her intention to run for conference chairman — the fourth-highest GOP leadership position.


The current chairman is Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), who will likely be chairman of the House Financial Services Committee in the new Congress.

In a letter to colleagues, McMorris Rodgers argued that the GOP must put forth “a bold vision of conservative reform, using traditional and new media and every channel available to reach America.”

“As your Vice Chairman over the past two Congresses, I have worked to be worthy of your trust and support. I am honored to have played a role in communicating our conservative agenda – to build an America that is strong, prosperous and free,” the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress wrote. “On the political front, I’ve helped recruit stellar candidates, raised over $1,000,000 to the NRCC, contributed over $300,000 to candidates and traveled to 51 Congressional districts in 22 states.”

McMorris Rodgers, whose name was floated as a potential vice presidential pick this year, served as Mitt Romney’s House liaison during the campaign.

“Two years ago, voters returned a Republican majority to Congress because they were frustrated that ‘hope and change’ had brought nothing but the same failed Big Government policies of the past,” she wrote. “…I’ve tried to give a strong public presentation of our agenda while providing an open forum behind the scenes where Members are respected and heard. If elected Conference Chairman, I’d like to continue and build upon this approach.”


McMorris Rodgers has been the party’s point person in battling the Dems’ “war on women” narrative.

When she began her vice chairmanship, only 30 percent of House Republicans were on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Today, more than 90 percent of House Republicans are on all three major social media networks.


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