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Hal Rogers
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U.S. House, Kentucky, District 5
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1981-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 33
PartyRepublican
PredecessorTim Lee Carter (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$6.77 in 2012
First electedNovember 4, 1980
Next primaryMay 20, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,129,018
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolWayne County High School, Monticello, Kentucky
Bachelor'sUniversity of Kentucky
OtherL.L.B., University of Kentucky School of Law
Military service
Service/branchKentucky and North Carolina Army National Guard
Years of service1956-1963
Personal
BirthdayDecember 31, 1937
Place of birthBarrier, Kentucky
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$3,762,739.50
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Harold Dallas "Hal" Rogers (b. December 31, 1937, in Barrier, Kentucky) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Kentucky's 5th Congressional District. Rogers was first elected to the House in 1980.

He won re-election in 2012. He defeated Kenneth Stepp (D) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[1]

Rogers is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Rogers is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Rogers was born on December 31, 1937, in Barrier, Kentucky, and attended high school in Montecello, Kentucky. After attending Western Kentucky University from 1956-1957, he went on to earn both his A.B. and LL.B. from the University of Kentucky in 1962 and 1964, respectively. Rogers also served in the Kentucky and North Carolina Army National Guard from 1956-1963.

Prior to his political career, Rogers worked as an attorney in Kentucky's Pulaski and Rockcastle counties.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Rogers' professional and political career[2]:

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Rogers serves on the following committees:[3][4]

2011-2012

Rogers served on the following House committees:[5]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Rogers's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Rogers voted in favor of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Rogers voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Rogers voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Rogers voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[8]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "Yes" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[10] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Rogers voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Rogers voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[13]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[16] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[17] Rogers voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[19] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Rogers voted for HR 2775.[20]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Rogers voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[8]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Rogers voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[8]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Rogers voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[8]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Rogers voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[8]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Rogers voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[21]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Hal Rogers endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [22]

Campaign themes

2012

A complete list of Hal Rogers' policy positions can be found at his campaign website.[23]

  • Rogers a co-founder of the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse and supports a "drug-free America." In particular he has focused on prescription painkiller abuse.[24]
  • In the wake of the attack that killed American ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, Hal Rogers joined a group of seven congressmen in sending a letter to President Obama requesting more information and expressing concern over his administration's response.[25]
  • Rogers supports protecting social security, but also sees the need for reform.[26]
  • Rogers on Taxes- "There is no question that our current tax system is incredibly complicated and in need of simplification. I support efforts to reform our tax code so that it is easier to understand and comply with the law. At the same time, I believe any reform of the tax code must be fair and should not punish success achieved through hard work and innovation."[27]

Earmarks

A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members.[28] According to the report, Rogers has helped earmark $7.1 million to a project that made over a half-mile strip of College Street where Rogers has his residence. The project narrowed parts of the street to slow traffic, buried overhead utilities, rebuilt sidewalks, paved streets and installed new driveway aprons, curbs and decorative lamps.[29]

Elections

2014

See also: Kentucky's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

Rogers is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Kentucky's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

Rogers won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Kentucky's 5th District. Rogers won the nomination on the Republican ticket. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Candidates wishing to run were initially required to file by the signature filing deadline of January 31, 2012. However because the legislature was unable to complete new redistricting maps on time, the deadline was pushed back one week.[30] The new deadline was February 7.[31] The primary elections took place on May 22, 2012. Rogers defeated Kenneth Stepp (D) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[32]

U.S. House, Kentucky District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Kenneth Stepp 22.1% 55,447
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngHal Rogers Incumbent 77.9% 195,406
Total Votes 250,853
Source: Kentucky Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

Media

In the following video, Rogers discusses Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs. His key issue is focusing on prescription pain-killer abuse.


Hal Rogers, "Rogers Examines New Findings for Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs"[33]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Rogers is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Rogers raised a total of $6,129,018 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 7, 2013.[47]

Hal Rogers's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Kentucky, District 5) Won $1,535,445
2010 U.S. House (Kentucky, District 5) Won $895,671
2008 U.S. House (Kentucky, District 5) Won $611,926
2006 U.S. House (Kentucky, District 5) Won $1,072,946
2004 U.S. House (Kentucky, District 5) Won $643,981
2002 U.S. House (Kentucky, District 5) Won $721,188
2000 U.S. House (Kentucky, District 5) Won $647,861
Grand Total Raised $6,129,018

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Rogers' reports.[48]

Hal Rogers (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[49]April 15, 2013$921,922.40$59,540.92$(200,596.65)$780,866.67
July Quarterly[50]July 15, 2013$780,866.67$150,987.43$(180,437.92)$751,416.18
October Quarterly[51]October 13, 2013$751,416.18$198,223.78$(25,558.72)$924,081.24
Year-end[52]January 31, 2014$924,081$141,465$(240,229)$825,317
Running totals
$550,217.13$(646,822.29)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Rogers' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Rogers won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Rogers' campaign committee raised a total of $1,535,445 and spent $1,322,648.[53] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[54]

Cost per vote

Rogers spent $6.77 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Rogers' campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Rogers won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Rogers' campaign committee raised a total of $895,671 and spent $1,098,007.[55]

U.S. House, Kentucky District 5, 2010 - Hal Rogers Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $895,671
Total Spent $1,098,007
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $13,012
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $12,502
Top contributors to Hal Rogers's campaign committee
RJ Corman Railroad Group$13,800
American Bankers Assn$10,000
Boeing Co$10,000
Brown-Forman Corp$10,000
CSX Corp$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Defense Electronics$48,500
Lobbyists$45,900
Air Transport$45,750
Defense Aerospace$44,000
Railroads$40,800

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Rogers is a "moderate Republican follower," as of June 18, 2013.[56]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[57]

Rogers most often votes with:

Rogers least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Rogers missed 406 of 18,894 roll call votes from January 1981 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.1%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[58]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Rogers paid his congressional staff a total of $919,120 in 2011. He ranked 112th on the list of the highest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 162nd overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Kentucky ranked 10th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[59]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Rogers is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Rogers's staff was given an apparent $51,519.86 in bonus money.[60]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Rogers's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,695,742 and $5,829,737. That averages to $3,762,739.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Rogers ranked as the 94th most wealthy representative in 2012.[61]

Hal Rogers Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net WorthAvg. Citizen Net Worth
2012$3,762,739.50$71,000

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.

2012

Rogers ranked 178th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[62]

2011

Rogers ranked 93rd in the conservative rankings.[63]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Hal Rogers has voted with the Republican Party 94.8% of the time, which ranked 165th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[64]

Personal

Rogers was married to his first wife, Shirley McDowell Rogers, for 37 years until she passed away in 1995. The couple had three (now-grown) children, Anthony, Allison and John. Rogers married Cynthia Doyle Rogers in 1999.[65]

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See also

External links

References

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  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  4. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee assignments," accessed March 31, 2014
  5. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "House of Representatives Committee Assignments," accessed November 15, 2011
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  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
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  10. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
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  20. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  22. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
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  24. WKYT, "Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse," accessed 2012
  25. Weekly Standard, "Republicans demand answers from White House on Libya attack," accessed 2012
  26. Hal Roger's Campaign Website, "Social Security," accessed 2012
  27. Hal Roger's Campaign Website, "Taxes," accessed 2012
  28. Washington Post, "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," accessed February 6, 2012
  29. Washington Post, "Mapping the earmarks," accessed February 6, 2012
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Political offices
Preceded by
Tim Lee Carter
U.S. House of Representatives - Kentucky, District 5
1981–present
Succeeded by
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