GOP Taps Cathy McMorris Rodgers for Obama Rebuttal

After President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Americans will hear a rebuttal from a woman unfamiliar to many of them. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest-ranking Republican woman in Washington, D.C., was selected by the GOP to help highlight its commitment to winning over women. Republicans hope that McMorris Rodgers, five-term representative from Washington, who currently chairs the House Republican Conference, will make an impression with her conservative message, her journey from humble origins to the U.S. Capitol, and her family-friendly biography as a busy mother of three young children. All three of her kids were born while she was serving in Congress; her eldest was diagnosed with Down syndrome shortly after his birth in 2007. “Cathy McMorris Rodgers is proof that with humility, hard work, and dedication, you can overcome any obstacle – a story to which many Americans can relate,” House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement.

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