June 13, 2012

Poised to make a difference? Rep McMorris Rodgers

I did not know very much about Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers before yesterday when I was forwarded a neat article that CNN did on her. 


When it comes to achievements, she has certainly done alot.

McMorris Rodgers is one of 76 women in the House of Representatives. She's the only woman in the House Republican leadership and has been mentioned as a possible running mate for Mitt Romney.
Elected in 2004 to represent the 5th Congressional District in eastern Washington state, McMorris Rodgers has climbed the ranks in Congress, serving on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and as vice chair of the House Republican Conference. [...]
McMorris Rodgers holds the distinction of being the only member of Congress to give birth twice while in office.
But t is her family life is what is really interesting - I think it is such an opportunity for families with a child with a disability to have a congresswoman with a child with Down syndrome. Not only does she have the platform to create change to benefit those with disabilities and bring awareness to issues and problems faced by the disability community, but it is awesome to see a public example of a woman continuing to succeed in the workforce - here in government - despite perceived challenges within her family. 


Here's a short snippet:


"I believe my eyes have been open. I just view life from a totally different perspective. I was welcomed by the disability community, and they see the best in what every person has to offer."
Her initial fear has been replaced with resolve. In 2008, she co-founded the bipartisan Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus. She has taken up a leading cause of the disability community, co-sponsoring a bill called the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act.
It would modify the Internal Revenue Service code to allow parents of children with disabilities to set aside money in tax-free accounts for future education, housing and transportation needs. The accounts would be modeled after current 401(k) retirement and 529 college plans.
"We have hopes and dreams for Cole, and we want him to be all that he can be, and we want to give him the strong foundation so that he can pursue a job and hopefully independent life," McMorris Rodgers said.
Brian Rodgers added, "Like any parent, you want them to reach their highest potential."
And on a different note, I love the husband's description of being a stay-at-home dad: "I spent 26 years in the Navy. So this is a lot like the Navy," he jokes. "It's dynamic, it's interesting and there's a purpose to it." 


You can read the whole article and see a clip of their family here.

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