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David Thomas, Chief of Staff

?U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) welcomes David Thomas as his new Chief of Staff in Washington, D.C. 

Thomas is a proven government affairs professional, having served as a trusted advisor in the White House during the second Bush Administration, as Chief of Staff for U.S. Rep. Tom Davis (VA-11) for five years, and most recently as Executive Director of the Republican Main Street Partnership in Washington, D.C.

"David Thomas brings a wealth of impressive legislative and policy experience to my staff," said Rogers. "As a native of neighboring Virginia, he also understands the critical issues of our Appalachian region and I'm confident he will serve as a bolstering voice for the needs of southern and eastern Kentuckians."

Thomas is a graduate of George Mason University and led presidential campaign activities for President George W. Bush in the state of Washington, among several successful Congressional campaigns.

Thomas will be replacing Michael R. Higdon who is transitioning to the private sector. After nearly 12 years serving Rogers as a leading advisor, including the last three years as Chief of Staff, Higdon has accepted a position in the private sector.

"For over a decade, Michael has served in my inner circle as a trusted friend, erudite leader, and thoughtful advisor on a wide spectrum of political and policy issues before the Congress," said Rogers. "He shares a deep understanding and heart-felt commitment to Kentucky, the Appropriations Committee, and public service and I know he will serve others with excellent care."

Thomas will work in partnership with Rogers' District Director Karen Kelly in Somerset, Kentucky.

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information, visit or follow Rogers onTwitter or on Facebook.