SPOKANE, Wash. – It has been a busy week so far for Eastern Washington’s 5th District Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
In just the past week she met with President-elect Donald Trump at a New Jersey golf club. The president-elect was just beginning his selection process for key cabinet roles – and meeting with those who had been loyal to him throughout the campaign.
On Tuesday, McMorris Rodgers was named as one of the 13 Vice Chairs for the Trump Transition Team.
McMorris Rodgers is the highest ranking Republican woman in congress. She and Trump took a few moments to take pictures at their meeting before heading inside. A New York Times article said she is currently getting a “hard look” as potential Secretary of the Interior.
While not the most glamorous position, it is an important one – especially here in the west.
If she were to get that position, she would oversee all federal public lands which is actually a lot. One-fifth of all land in the United States, which also happens to contain mass amounts of critical underground oil and natural gas.
The Secretary of the Interior has to balance how to use the country’s natural resources, like timber and graze land, while also protecting it.
That is why some think McMorris Rodgers would be uniquely qualified for the job. Several lawmakers and state employees told KREM 2 News that they have worked closely with McMorris Rodgers on issues like wildfire prevention, hunting and fishing access, and Native American tribal relations.
Many also believe having her as the nation’s top public lands boss could mean big improvements when it comes to our natural resources.
McMorris Rodgers is not the only one being considered for the position. Others include former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, and current Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin.