Elected Experience: Currently serving fourth term as U.S. Representative from 5th Congressional District; Vice Chair of House Republican Conference and highest-ranking House Republican woman. Member, House Energy and Commerce Committee. Previously served in the Washington State House of Representatives; elected House Republican Leader in 2002.
Other Professional Experience: Worked in family-owned orchard for 13 years.
Education: Executive MBA University of Washington, BA Pensacola Christian College.
Community Service: Strong advocate for military families, veterans, farmers, small business owners, students, and families with special needs.
Statement: As a young girl growing up on my family’s farm in Kettle Falls, I could never have imagined that one day I would have the opportunity to serve in the U.S. Congress. I have lived the American Dream. And since you first elected me in 2004, I have worked to be worthy of your trust and remain humbled by the responsibilities you have given me.
During the past eight years, I have fought on Capitol Hill for lower taxes to create jobs; championed good stewardship of our farms and forests; and stood strong for America's military and veterans. I have urged the use and development of American resources, including hydropower, to help us become energy independent.
On a personal note, I also became a wife and a mother, and these are my dearest and proudest accomplishments.
I believe the federal government is spending and borrowing too much. I voted against the $1 trillion "stimulus", and the $2 trillion health care law. I voted to reduce federal spending and get our fiscal house in order. I’m also a strong supporter of a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.
I am working to make Congress more open and less influenced by special interests. We’ve eliminated earmarks and now require a public comment period before voting on any proposed law. I am working across the aisle to expand Fairchild Air Force Base, build a medical school in Spokane, complete the North-South freeway, and protect rural health care.
In the next two years, I hope to make bigger reductions to our budget deficit, help small businesses create jobs, and find more areas where the two parties can work together. I love Eastern Washington and America. I ask for your continued confidence and your vote.