Elected to Congress in 1980, Harold “Hal” Rogers has earned a reputation for getting things done. He has worked tirelessly on behalf of Kentucky’s Fifth Congressional District, always putting the concerns of the people of Southern and Eastern Kentucky first.
As a senior member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, Rogers also actively supports programs that provide economic growth, better roads, protection from flooding, and more jobs for America’s workers. As a member of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Rogers works to ensure that the nation’s transportation system will be prepared for the growing demands of the future. Rogers works to build better roads and fund other transportation improvements that promote economic development and tourism in Kentucky. One of his top transportation priorities for Kentucky is the construction of Interstate 66, which is slated to run from Pikeville to Paducah. Rogers believes I-66 is essential to long term growth and prosperity in Eastern Kentucky and throughout the Commonwealth. In January of 2003, Rogers’ colleagues selected him to be the first chairman of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which is responsible for funding and oversight of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
A lifelong resident of Appalachian Kentucky, Rogers worked as an attorney in Somerset from 1964-1969. From 1969 to 1980, he served as the Pulaski- Rockcastle Commonwealth’s Attorney. Rogers was married to Shirley McDowell Rogers for 37 years until her death in 1995. Together, they raised three grown children, Anthony, Allison and John. Rogers remarried to Cynthia Doyle Rogers in May of 1999. They make their home in Somerset, Kentucky.