The top female House Republican is throwing her support behind presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) said late Wednesday in a statement that she mailed in her ballot and voted for Trump, according to ABC News.
She noted that she “won’t be shy” about holding the real estate mogul accountable for controversial remarks, adding that Trump “owes it to our party and our country to treat everyone respectfully and to build an inclusive coalition.”
“Mr. Trump won millions of supporters by speaking his mind honestly; calling out the dysfunction in Washington, DC; and talking outside the politically correct box,” McMorris Rodgers said.
“In the months ahead, he will have to earn the presidency by demonstrating that he has the temperament for the job and plans to empower every American to pursue a future of opportunity and freedom.”
McMorris Rodgers, who has a 9-year-old son with Down syndrome, has been critical of Trump in the past over his comments about women and people with disabilities.
As Republicans begin to coalesce around Trump, McMorris Rodgers was one of the few in GOP leadership who said she was not quite ready to endorse Trump.
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who recently met with Trump to smooth over tensions, touted that the two are willing to work together to unite the party, but still hasn’t signaled whether he’ll endorse Trump. He is the only member of House leadership who has not backed Trump.