WASHINGTON. - Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state has been elected vice chair of the House Republican Conference.
In her new role, McMorris Rodgers will work with House Minority Leader John Boehner and other GOP leaders to approve GOP committee assignments, manage floor debates and develop the party's communications strategy.
McMorris Rodgers, of Spokane, easily won re-election to a third term this month.
At a news conference Wednesday, she said the party's actions over the next two years will determine how long Republicans remain in the minority in Congress. She said the party must broaden its appeal and reach out to women, minorities and young people.