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Harold 'Hal' Rogers (R)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 12/31/1937 (Barrier, KY)
Race: White
Religion: Baptist
Residence: Somerset, KY
Education: BA from University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY; LLB in Law from University of Kentucky College of law, Lexington, KY
Occupation: Lawyer
Office Type: U.S. House -- Kentucky District 5 

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Harold "Hal" Rogers was born on a farm at Barrier in Wayne County, Ky., and lives in Somerset, Ky. He went to public schools in Wayne County, graduated from Wayne County High School in 1955 and went into radio as a local reporter and announcer. He remained in broadcasting while at the University of Kentucky, where he received a B.A. in 1962 and a law degree in 1964.

He jumped into politics in 1968 and was elected commonwealth's attorney _ chief prosecutor _ for Pulaski and Rockcastle counties. He held that office until he entered Congress in January 1981. Two years before he was an unsuccessful candidate for lieutenant governor.

Rogers had three children, now grown, with Shirley Rogers, his wife of 37 years. She died of cancer in 1995.

Rogers married the former Cynthia Doyle Stewart of Brentwood, Tenn., in May 1999. They were introduced in 1998 by Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist, an old House colleague, and were married at the Tennessee governor's mansion.

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Harold "Hal" Rogers won local election as commonwealth's attorney for Pulaski and Rockcastle counties in 1968 and twice was re-elected.

He was the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in 1979 but lost with 37 percent of the vote to Democrat Martha Layne Collins.

In 1980, Rogers got 23 percent of the vote in a 10-way primary to win the nomination to succeed retiring Republican Rep. Tim Lee Carter. He got 68 percent in the general election against Democrat Ted Marcum.

He was re-elected in 1982 with 65 percent of the vote against Democrat Doye Davenport. In 1984, he got 76 percent against Democrat Sherman McIntosh.

He was unopposed in 1986, 1988 and 1990.

He won his sixth term with 55 percent against Democrat John Doug Hays in 1992.

Rogers got 79 percent against Democrat Walter Blevins in the Republican landslide of 1994. Democrats gave Rogers another pass in 1996.

He won a 10th term in 1998 with 78 percent of the vote against Sidney Jane Bailey. He defeated her again in 2000 with 74 percent of the vote.

He was re-elected in 2002 with a crushing defeat of Democrat Sidney Jane Bailey. He was elected to his 12th term with 78 percent of the vote.

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