Harold "Hal" Rogers

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Harold Rogers
Birthdate: December 31, 1937
Office: U.S. Representative
Assumed Office: January 3, 1981
Political Party: Republican
Past Experience
Office: Commonwealth Attorney
Occupation: Attorney
Contact Information
Location: Somerset, Kentucky
Email: none
Phone: (606) 679-8346

Hal Rogers has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1981, representing Kentucky's 5th congressional district. His offices are currently located in Somerset, Hazard, and Prestonsburg.

Rogers is the longest serving Kentucky Republican ever elected to federal office.

Rogers currently serves on the Committee on Appropriations

Career History

Rogers was born in Monticello, Kentucky, attended Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green and received a baccalaureate degree (A.B.) and a law degree (LL.B.) from the University of Kentucky at Lexington. Rogers served in the Kentucky and North Carolina Army National Guard.

As a lawyer Rogers was in private practice and was elected to serve as Commonwealth's Attorney for Pulaski and Rockcastle counties in Kentucky, an office he held from 1969 to his election to Congress in 1980. Rogers was the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky in 1979, slating with former Governor of Kentucky Louie B. Nunn of Glasgow and losing in the general election to Democrat John Y. Brown Jr. The following year, Rogers won election to Congress.


The Federal Reserve

Rogers is a cosponsor of The Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009, which proposes an audit of the Federal Reserve. [1]

Foreign Policy

Rogers voted AGAINST directing President Obama to remove United States Armed Forces from Afghanistan, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution. [2]

Government Spending

Hal Rogers is notorious for the amounts of pork that he has been able to bring back to his constituents in Kentucky from Washington D.C.. He even goes so far as to list ways to get government assistance on his webpage! Furthermore, it would seem that he is in favor of budget deficits, since he utilizes massive amounts of pork and has stated "I strongly support legislative efforts to reduce the tax burden on hardworking men and women."[3]

In the following screen shot from Hal Rogers' website, notice how under the 'recent news' heading, that 5 of the 6 headlines are for federal funding coming to his region; the only recent news that isn't about pork, is related to giving food to recent flood victims.


In 2006, Rolling Stone listed Rogers as among the ten worst Congressmen. While chairman of the House Subcommittee on Homeland Security, he diverted funds to his district for pork projects at the expense of funding national security. One of these projects was the production of a system designed to enhance airport security to a factory in Corbin, Kentucky. However, the factory wasn't prepared to produce the tamperproof biometric ID cards favored by security experts. Rogers then forced the government to spend $4 million to test the factory's technology, which included work given to a factory that hired Rogers's son. Another one of his pork projects to enhance airport security was a no-bid contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars to a trade group with no relevant experience in airport security. This agreement occurred after the group paid for Rogers to take six trips to Hawaii and one to Ireland. However, complaints by experienced contractors ultimately forced Rogers to open the project to competitive bidding, though this further delayed the intended improvements to airport security. [4]

Minimum Wage

Roger voted FOR an increase in the minimum wage under the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007. [5]


Rogers voted FOR the PATRIOT Act in 2001. [6]

Rogers voted FOR the reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act in 2005. [7]

Real ID Act

Rogers voted FOR the Real ID Act in 2005. [8]

The Second Amendment

Rogers received an A rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA) for the 2008 election cycle.

Roger currently has a B rating from Gun Owners of America. [9]


  1. HR 1207 Co-Sponsors
  2. H Con Res 248 Roll Call
  3. Hal Rogers 'On The Issue of Taxes", accessed May 25th, 2009
  4. Ten Worst Congressman - Hal Rogers
  5. Final Vote Results for Roll Call 18
  6. [http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2001/roll386.xml PATRIOT Act House Roll Call
  7. PATRIOT Act Reauthorization House Roll Call
  8. Real ID Roll Call
  9. Gun Owners of America House Ratings for the 111th Congress