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Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers

Representative for Kentucky’s 5th District

pronounced HAR-uld // RAW-jerz


Rogers is the representative for Kentucky’s 5th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 5, 1981. Rogers is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the attack on the Capitol, Rogers voted for the exclusion of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania — states narrowly won by Democrats — from the count of Electoral College votes that determined the next President of the United States. Legislators voting to disenfranchise these states were fooled by, or actively participated in, the same lies, conspiracy theories, and preposterous legal arguments about the election that motivated the insurrection at the Capitol.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

Rep. Rogers was accused of failing to complete security screening on April 14, 2021 and fined $5,000 by the House Committee on Ethics. He is allowed to, and is, appealing the fine. On May 20, a majority of the Committee agreed to Roger's appeal.

Apr. 20, 2021 House Committee on Ethics began a review of the member's appeal of his fine.
May. 20, 2021 House Committee on Ethics agreed to the member's appeal of his fine.
Photo of Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R-KY5]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Rogers.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

United States Chamber of Commerce: 89% The Club for Growth: 58% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: D League of Conservation Voters: 8% Human Rights Campaign: 0% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

Harold “Hal” Rogers sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Rogers was the primary sponsor of 33 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 33 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Rogers sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (44%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (19%) International Affairs (12%) Energy (12%) Health (12%)

Recent Bills

Some of Rogers’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Rogers voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Rogers voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Rogers voted Aye

Rogers voted Yea

Passed 221/201 on Feb 11, 2014.

Rogers voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Rogers voted Yea

Rogers voted Yea

Failed 258/168 on Jan 28, 2009.

Rogers voted No

Missed Votes

From Jan 1981 to Jun 2021, Rogers missed 574 of 23,687 roll call votes, which is 2.4%. This is on par with the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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