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 MoranJim MoranBillionaire Trump donor hires lobbyists to help vets Lawmakers: Chaffetz has a point on housing stipend Trump can help farmers by improving two-way trade with Cuba MORE (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 WittmanRob WittmanNavy official: Budget, readiness issues led to ship collisions Air Force One is Trump’s new boardroom 355-ship Navy not a must under Trump's secretary nominee MORE (R-Va.) and Chris StewartChris StewartGOP rep would ‘recommend’ not paying much attention to Trump tweets California Democrat seeks to win fight on war powers Surprise war vote points to shift in GOP MORE (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.