Washington, Dec. 13 – While earlier reports had said President-elect Donald Trump would be announcing five-term Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers as his choice for Secretary of the Interior, Politico has reported that the position has been offered to Montana’s freshman Rep. Ryan Zinke instead.
When asked by KING 5 whether she would accept a job in Trump administration, McMorris Rodgers had said, “I am interested in helping rethink this federal government. I’m focused on representing the people of eastern Washington, and we’ll see if anything happens.”
For now, it appears that she may be staying in Congress, where she has a strong history of advocating for the rights of people with disabilities.
“I’m energized more than ever to continue leading in Congress as we think big, reimagine this government, and put people back at the center of it,” McMorris Rodgers posted today on Facebook.
But that means Trump’s proposed Cabinet still is missing disability representation. Gary Cohn, who has dyslexia and openly talks about how it has led to his success, has been named as head of the National Economic Council, but that is not a Cabinet-level position.