Republican McMorris Rodgers reelected in Washington

Republican McMorris Rodgers reelected in Washington
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Rep. Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersHillicon Valley: Republicans demand answers from mobile carriers on data practices | Top carriers to stop selling location data | DOJ probing Huawei | T-Mobile execs stayed at Trump hotel as merger awaited approval House Republicans question mobile carriers on data practices Washington governor announces killer whale recovery plan MORE, the highest ranking female member of GOP leadership, is projected to hang on to her seat in eastern Washington state, a huge sigh of relief for Republicans who are already worried about their dwindling number of women lawmakers.

McMorris Rodgers, who chairs the GOP conference and has served in Congress for 14 years, was facing her toughest reelection race yet as she battled a well-funded challenge from Democrat Lisa Brown. Brown is the chancellor of Washington State University Spokane and a former state lawmaker.

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Washington’s 5th district, a mix of rural and urban terrain, voted for President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE by 13 points in 2016. But there has been some dissatisfaction in the district with the president, forcing McMorris Rodgers to walk a political tightrope as she largely voted in lock step with the president while also trying to distance herself from some of his more controversial policies and remarks.

McMorris Rodgers got her start in politics working as a campaign manager and legislative aide for a member of the Washington House of Representatives, before she was eventually appointed to the seat.

After a decade in state politics, McMorris Rodgers was elected to serve in Congress, where she rose through the ranks to become the No. 4 Republican in the House.