GOP Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers will not seek reelection in 2024

McMorris Rodgers currently chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee. 

Published: February 8, 2024 3:47pm

Washington GOP Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Thursday announced that she would not seek reelection in 2024, marking the latest such announcement for the GOP.

McMorris Rodgers currently chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee. 

"It’s been the honor and privilege of my life to represent the people of Eastern Washington in Congress. They inspire me every day," she said in a statement. "They are part of the strength and soul of America — the greatest experiment in self-governance the world has ever known. After much prayer and reflection, I’ve decided the time has come to serve them in new ways. I will not be running for re-election to the People’s House."

She went on to thank her family for the support she received throughout her time in Congress and vowed to fulfill her duties as committee chair through the end of her time in Congress.

"Especially as Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I’ve seen the best of Eastern Washington and the United States of America. We will spend this year honoring the Committee’s rich history — plowing the hard ground necessary to legislate on solutions to make people’s lives better and ensure America wins the future," she continued.

"Every day, my number one priority is to pray. I pray that God’s purpose over my life will be more deeply rooted in my heart and in gratitude for the remarkable colleagues and people He has brought into my life," she went on. "No matter the division, we must unite in prayer. And as we do, we will bring hope and healing to broken lives, broken families, and broken systems failing broken people. Together, may we always be guided by God’s abundant grace and wisdom to keep the promise of America alive. The best is yet to come."

McMorris Rodgers follows many other lawmakers to announce their planned departure. As of December, at least 40 members of Congress, including seven senators and 33 members of the House, had made similar declarations.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.

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