Hal Rogers (R) has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1981. As the longest serving congressman, he became dean of the House of Representatives in March 2022. He ran for reelection in 2022 with Trump’s endorsement and won his 22nd term in his solidly Republican district.
During the early part of his career, Rogers was an attorney in private practice and also served as the state’s attorney for Pulaski and Rockcastle counties from 1969–80.
During his lengthy congressional career, Rogers has frequently been criticized for corruption. In 2011, he was named one of the Most Corrupt Members of Congress by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW), which noted that Rogers has funneled hundreds of millions of dollars in federal government projects to his home state to shore up his own political power. In 2006, a CBS News profile referred to him as a “congressional disgrace” for using his power on the House Homeland Security appropriations subcommittee to give contracts to a Kentucky company for making federal ID cards using outdated technology.
After the 2020 presidential election, Rogers adhered to the GOP playbook by casting doubt on the legitimacy of Biden’s victory. He helped spread the Big Lie, objected to certifying the Electoral College results and voted against both impeaching Trump for inciting the mob and establishing a special House committee to investigate the insurrection, among other measures.
January 6, 2021
- Just hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, Rogers joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify Biden’s win of the 2020 presidential election.
- Rogers voted against impeaching Trump for his role in instigating the attack on Congress and the Capitol, and for fanning the flames once the riot broke out. After his acquittal, Rogers released a statement saying: “It’s time to move past this Democrat-led debacle and allow the appropriate law enforcement agencies to hold individuals accountable for their violent actions on January 6th, so we can take real steps toward unity and a stronger nation.”
- Rogers voted against establishing a House committee to investigate the genesis of the mob attack that disrupted congressional proceedings underway that day. He claimed that between the Justice Department and the FBI there were already enough investigations in process.
The Big Lie
- On Nov. 7, 2020, Rogers posted a photo of him with Trump in the Oval Office on his Facebook page and wrote: “The President’s allegations of election fraud must be investigated to ensure the election is conducted fairly for the American people.”
- After objecting to certification of the 2020 Electoral College, Rogers issued a statement saying: “While I know that an objection will not likely change the course of this election, let it be a resounding echo of all Americans who want to restore confidence in a secure election process for a stronger nation.”
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