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Congresswoman to Have Record Number of Kids While in Office

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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Washington state Republican member of Congress, is pregnant with her third child, which will make her the lawmaker who has given birth to the most children while in office.  She is already the record-holder for having had her first two children while in office.  More from

It's all pretty surprising for the Washington state Republican, who wasn't even married when she first got elected to Congress in 2004.

"I went through a time when I thought, 'Well, maybe I'll be single for the rest of my life,' because I wasn't getting a lot of dates," she told

The highest ranking GOP woman in Congress, McMorris Rodgers currently chairs the U.S. House Republican Conference, the body responsible for electing that chamber's leadership. When she announced her pregnancy, she promised that neither her political duties nor her re-election campaign would be affected.

"I think it's becoming more and more accepted," she said. "As more women serve in Congress, you'll see it will become more common for women to have babies while they're serving. It'll become easier in that people probably just won't think as much about it."

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