SPOKANE, Wash. Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers won re-election to the House from Washington, beating a strong challenge from Democrat Lisa Brown.
McMorris Rodgers defeated Brown, a former state Senate leader and college administrator.
McMorris Rodgers, who ranks fourth in House leadership and is the highest ranking GOP woman in the chamber, will be serving her eighth term representing the eastern third of Washington state.
The district is centered in Spokane and has not elected a Democrat since former House Speaker Tom Foley last won in 1992. McMorris Rodgers won an open seat in 2004 and has generally cruised to easy victories since.