Agriculture Commissioner-elect Ryan Quarles names chief of staff

11/30/2015 03:34 PM

UPDATED: Incoming Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has named Keith Rogers as his chief of staff.

Rogers is the current Executive Director for the Kentucky 4-H Foundation, where he has served since 2008. Rogers is no stranger to Frankfort, he served in former Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s administration as the director of agricultural policy; he also served with former U.S. Rep. Ron Lewis as his district director and senior legislative assistant.

“I’m excited to have his wisdom and years of expertise to help guide the department over the coming years,” Quarles told Pure Politics Monday morning in Louisville.

With his tie to the agriculture community and to state politics, Quarles said he expects a “level of expertise to the department we can all rely upon.”

In a press release, Rogers said it is “an honor and privilege to join Commissioner-elect Quarles as he leads Kentucky Agriculture and the department.”

“I look forward to serving Kentucky’s farm families and the opportunity to help our new Commissioner build upon the successes our agricultural community has achieved in recent years,” Rogers said.

Quarles will be sworn in as Agriculture Commissioner on January 4, the day before the start of the legislative session.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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