Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- ?U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) welcomes Megan O'Donnell Bell as his new Chief of Staff in Washington, D.C. For the past four years, Bell served as Rogers' chief liaison to the U.S. House Appropriations Committee and Legislative Director, overseeing all aspects of the congressman's legislative operation. 

"Megan is a rising leader on Capitol Hill, commandeering complex legislative and policy issues from appropriations to homeland security," said Rogers. "This hard-earned promotion will come as no surprise to those who have worked with Megan. She is diligent in her work and research efforts, and has developed a deep compassion for the people of Kentucky's Fifth Congressional District."

Since joining Rogers' staff in 2007, Bell has handled a diverse portfolio, including defense and homeland security, foreign policy, transportation, energy and justice issues. She has also served as the lead staffer for the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse. 

Prior to serving the congressman, Bell worked in government affairs and communications at the Arlington-based National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, during which time she managed the association's grassroots operation and political action committee. 

Bell is a Cum Laude graduate of Georgetown University and is currently pursuing her Juris Doctor at Georgetown University Law Center. She and her husband, Jason, reside in Alexandria, Virginia.

Bell replaces David Thomas who is transitioning to the private sector. She 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.