SPOKANE, Wash. -

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' role at the Republican national convention has been expanded.

The Republican who represents much of Eastern Washington is now serving as the official host for the convention in Tampa, Fla.

That means that instead of just speaking the opening night, McMorris Rodgers will speak briefly every evening to set the theme for that night's speeches.

McMorris Rodgers is the highest-ranking Republican woman in the House of Representatives.