The Chair of the House Republican Conference — and the highest-ranking female Republican in the House of Representatives — has been tapped to address American Cable Association (ACA) members on March 29 at the organization’s 24th annual policy summit in Washington, D.C.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) may not be a household name, but she is the fourth highest-ranking Republican.
She is also a foe of net neutrality, and ACA President/CEO Matthew M. Polka says, “Her appearance could not be more special or timely, given that Washington, D.C., will consider regulatory relief to businesses across the nation, including smaller video and broadband providers eager to re-start the engine of economic growth fueled by private investment.”
Polka says ACA Members — “a group of entrepreneurs who in some cases have mortgaged their primary homes to invest in their companies” — have much in common with Rep. McMorris Rodgers, who represents Eastern Washington with towns and communities that are typical of the areas ACA members serve.
“She also knows the value of hard work and what it takes to be successful in business, growing up working at her family’s business, and later becoming a wife and mom of three, living the American Dream,” Polka says.
Rep. McMorris Rodgers was first being elected to the House in 2004, and gave the official Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address in 2014.
As Chair of the House Republican Conference since 2012, Rep. McMorris Rodgers has reshaped the entire Conference’s approach to messaging, engagement on social media, and creating a more unified approach to policy, Polka says. In November 2016, she was appointed to serve as a vice chair of President-elect Trump’s Transition Team.
During her time on Capitol Hill, Rep. McMorris Rodgers has focused on introducing legislation based on the priorities she hears in conversations with the people of Eastern Washington. Her mission is to restore the people’s voice in Congress, and to make government more efficient, effective, and accountable to hardworking Americans.
The ACA Summit will take place at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C.