Hal Rogers files for reelection

Published 4:03 pm Tuesday, November 14, 2023

By Tom Latek, Kentucky Today

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Kentucky Fifth District Congressman Hal Rogers, the Dean of the House, announced on Tuesday he has filed for reelection to continue representing the people of southern and Eastern Kentucky.

In a statement, Rogers says he wants to continue protecting the values and vital programs that are important to the 33 counties he serves.

“Eastern Kentucky is thriving with more job opportunities, greater access to rural broadband, better infrastructure, rapid growth in our tourism industry, and we’re launching the next generation into a brighter future,” Rogers said. “We have made great strides, but our work is not done.  With President Biden’s constant attacks on our way of life, I will continue to put the interests of the people of southern and eastern Kentucky first, echoing their voice on Capitol Hill.”

Rogers says he has leveraged his seniority on the House Appropriations Committee to ensure the responsible use of taxpayer dollars.  Among his accomplishments, securing key funding which has spurred some of rural Kentucky’s greatest success stories.  Organizations such as Operation UNITE, Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation (SKED), The Center for Rural Development and Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) have brought local communities together by providing hope in the fight against drugs, building small businesses, advancing innovative opportunities, boosting the tourism economy and creating jobs.

“It is an honor to represent the people of Kentucky’s fifth district and to stand strong for the conservative values that we hold dear. I will always support the Second Amendment, fight to protect life and stand for freedom,” added Rogers. “The mountain grit and resilience of our people inspire me to charge forward every day, and I deeply appreciate their trust to continue the fight. Our best days are ahead of us in Eastern Kentucky!”

The 85-year-old Rogers is currently in his 22nd term in Congress and has been in office since 1981. Before that, Rogers served as Commonwealth’s Attorney for Pulaski and Rockcastle counties, between 1969 and 1980.