Thursday, May 2, 2013


Nicole Nida, Rep. McMorris Rodgers and Mike Burns in Spokane
MS activists Nicole Nida and Mike Burns recently awarded Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5) with the 2012 Representative of the Year Award in her district office in Spokane, Washington.  In bestowing its highest honor for public officials, the Society applauds Representative McMorris Rodgers’s leadership and dedication to issues that improve the lives of people living with multiple sclerosis and their families.

Representative McMorris Rodgers has supported the National Neurological Diseases Surveillance System Act and the Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act.  In addition, she has co-chaired the Bipartisan Congressional Disability Caucus and has been a member of the Congressional MS Caucus.
Representative McMorris Rodgers has a son with a disability and is recognized as a leader on disability issues by members of both sides of the political aisle.

In addition to presenting Representative McMorris Rodgers with the Award, Nicole and Mike discussed the importance of preserving funding for programs and agencies that are important to people with MS, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) and the Lifespan Respite Program.  Our MS activists also gave Representative McMorris Rodgers a copy of the Society’s magazine “Momentum,” the MS connection Newsletter, and a WALK MS trading card.

Serving since 2005, Representative McMorris Rodgers is the Chair of the Conference, the fourth-highest-ranking position among House Republicans and is the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress.

We thank Representative McMorris Rodgers for her continued leadership on these important issues for people living with MS and their families. We also thank our MS activists all over the country who continue to meet with public officials to raise awareness about MS!

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