With more women in Congress than ever before (102 to be exact), women’s
influence extends beyond marquee legislation to other policy areas.
Recently, several women have leapt to the top of influential congressional committees, leading the charge for some important legislation on Capitol Hill. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman
Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) and her House counterpart Harold Rogers (R-KY) were the creators of
the $1.1 spending plan recently passed by Congress.
In December, when lawmakers approved a budget
deal with majorities in both chambers, recognition
went to Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty
Murray (D-WA) and House Budget Committee
Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI).
And when attention turns to passing the Farm
Bill, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), who has worked on the
measure with House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank D. Lucas (R-OK), will be center stage.
NACS staff had the opportunity to interview three
other dynamic women who serve in the U.S. House
of Representatives and provide strong leadership in
Congress — and to their respective political parties.
Rep. McMorris Rodgers
serves as Chair of the
House Republican Con-
ference and was elected
to represent Washing-
ton’s 5th Congressional
District in 2004. She
grew up on an orchard
and fruit stand in Kettle
Falls, Washington, and
was the first in her family to graduate from college.
She served in the Washington State Legislature
before coming to Congress. Today she serves on the
House Energy and Commerce Committee, co-chairs
the Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus and the
Congressional Military Family Caucus, and works
to give greater opportunities to individuals, entrepreneurs, businesses and families.
What do you think of the convenience store
Since my days growing up in Eastern Washington,
I’ve always thought of the convenience store industry as entrepreneurial, hard working and quick to
adapt to today’s lifestyle and daily needs.
When was the last time you were in a
As a wife and mom to three small children , my husband and I find ourselves at the local convenience
store quite often. We were just there this past
Sunday with the whole family!
What is your favorite item to buy in a
I have a few favorites: bottled water, coffee, trail mix
(it’s great for long days at the office!), popcorn (one
of our favorites when we’re watching movies with
the kids), Diet Pepsi for my husband and all kinds of
snacks for the kids.
As a woman in Congress, do you approach
issues differently than your male colleagues?
Women bring a unique and important perspective
to the table in any job — they’re problem solvers,
good listeners — and I’ve found that in politics,
they’re often willing to work across the aisle to
advance positive solutions. They’re trustworthy.
They make the majority of the spending decisions at