McMorris Rodgers walks the catwalk, but her son steals the show


When we inquired whether she looked to Gisele Bundchen or Tyra Banks for some fashion-forward inspiration, the House Republican Conference chairwoman revealed she already had a strategy in mind: “I’ll focus on the kid.”

Good move. Luckily for the congresswoman, Cole was a natural. The blond cutie, who has Down Syndrome and served as the gala’s 2013 Ambassador, smiled, waved, and blew kisses to the crowd as the pair made their way down the runway.

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McMorris Rogers and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) were both honored at the annual event with the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award.

And McMorris Rogers wasn’t the only lawmaker putting her catwalk-sashaying skills to the test. Also spotted working it at the fashion show: Reps. Jim Moran (D-Va.), Viriginia Foxx (R-N.C.), Pete Sessions (R-Texas) and his son, Alex, (who chose to be escorted down the runway by two cheerleaders that bestowed kisses on the cheek of the high schooler), Greg Walden (R-Ore.), Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), Dennis Ross (R-Fla.), Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.), Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), Rob Wittman (R-Va.) and Chris Stewart (R-Utah). 

Photo: McMorris Rodgers' son, Cole, works it on the runway at the Global Down Syndrome Foundation gala. / Credit: Jeremy McKnight

This story has been updated.