Rogers says he's focused on being appropriations chair; not looking at '15 governors race

11/29/2011 07:47 AM

Republican U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers of Somerset said he is happy being the House appropriations chairman and not looking at a run for governor in 2015.

“There’s no door to leave open. I’m happy where I am,” Rogers said.

Rogers, who ran for lieutenant governor in 1979 before going to Congress, was a top GOP name before the 2003 race for governor. He opted not to run, paving the way for another Republican congressman at the time, Ernie Fletcher.

Rogers also answered questions about how long he plans to remain in Congress and what he wants to achieve as appropriations chairman.

Rogers hasn’t had a tough race in years. He has won his last six races with at least 73 percent of the vote each time.

On the bridge issue, Rogers went on to say that the federal spending bill Congress approved earlier this month includes $40 billion for highways and bridges.

That works out to be $675 million for Kentucky — a drop in the bucket compared to the multi-billion-dollar proposed bridge projects in Northern Kentucky and Louisville.

Much of the cost of those projects would have to be covered by the six-year highway bill Congress is expected to take up in the spring 2012.

Rogers said the latest proposal for that would include using royalty money from off-shore drilling to help pay for road and bridge projects — a move Rogers said he supports.


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