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Live Recording: 5th Congressional District Debate

On Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 7:00 p.m. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) will debate Joseph Pakootas (D).

October 4, 2016

A debate between candidates for Washington’s 5th Congressional District seat, Republican incumbent Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Democratic challenger Joseph Pakootas, will take place at 7 p.m. today in the CUB auditorium at Washington State University. Use the hashtag #FoleyDebate to share your thoughts and to submit questions. 


Washington's 5th congressional district encompasses the Eastern Washington counties of Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Lincoln, Spokane, Whitman, Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield and Asotin.

About the candidates

Incumbent Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) has been the U.S. Representative for Washington’s 5th congressional district since 2005. She is a member of the Republican Party. From 1994 until 2005, she served in the Washington House of Representatives, rising to become the minority leader. Currently, McMorris Rodgers is the highest ranking Republican woman in Congress, serving as the Chairman of the House Republican Conference. 

Joseph Pakootas (D) previously ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Washington’s 5th District. Parkootas currently serves as CEO of the Spokane Tribe of Indians, CEO of the Colville Tribal Federal Corporation and CEO of the Nez Perce Tribe. He also served on the chair of the Colville Indian Tribal Council from 2000–2005. 

In the 2014 election, Rodgers took 60.7 percent of the vote and Pakootas took 39.3 percent.