U.S. Representative, Kentucky-5th, Chair, Committee on Appropriations, and Founding Co-Chair, Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse
Serving Kentucky’s Fifth Congressional District since 1981, Congressman Rogers has a reputation of fighting for the interests of the region where he was raised. He helped launch multiple organizations to transform one of the poorest Congressional Districts in the nation, focusing on substance abuse, economic development, job creation, and preserving the natural treasures of southern and eastern Kentucky. He is the longest serving Kentucky Republican ever elected to federal office.
One of his greatest successes, Operation UNITE, earned the national spotlight through Rogers’ vision to combat the prescription drug abuse epidemic with a three-pronged approach, law enforcement investigations, substance abuse treatment, and community education. Congressman Rogers received the 2016 National Leadership Award from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America in recognition of the significant contributions he has made to the field of substance abuse prevention and long-standing support of community-based drug prevention. Throughout his 35-year tenure in Congress, Rogers has served in a number of leadership roles, rising in 2011 to Chairman of the full House Committee on Appropriations.
Nationally, Rogers is known as a titan in the war on drugs. Since 2000, Rogers has helped direct funding for marijuana eradication efforts of the Kentucky National Guard and the U.S. Forest Service in the Daniel Boone National Forest. In 2001, he established a competitive grant program within the Department of Justice to assist state-level Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs). Kentucky became the first state in the nation to provide a self-service, Internet-based system for tracking all schedule II-V prescription drugs.
As a long-time advocate for multi-tiered solutions to the ever-growing epidemic that has wreaked havoc on communities large and small, Rogers co-founded the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse with former Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack. This caucus aims to unite like-minded policy-makers in raising awareness of abuse, while working toward innovative and effective policy solutions incorporating treatment, prevention, law enforcement and research.
Rogers holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky and Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Kentucky Law School.