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WASHINGTON, DC –U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) released the following statement applauding Gina Haspel, an Eastern Kentucky native, for being sworn in as the first female Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). 
“I’m incredibly proud to have an Eastern Kentucky native at the helm of our nation’s flagship intelligence agency. Gina Haspel’s remarkable career with the CIA spans more than three decades and has proven that she is fully prepared to lead this agency in disrupting global terrorism networks and strengthening our nation’s complex counterterrorism efforts. 
“Her distinguished service has been marked with the highest honors, including the George H.W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism, the Intelligence Medal of Merit and the Presidential Rank Award. President Trump also commended her for serving a ‘crucial role in our fight against al Qaeda’ and earning the utmost respect of her peers in the field. 

“But, hailing from Boyd County, Kentucky, what strikes me the most is that she exemplifies eastern Kentucky—and eastern Kentucky values.  Eastern Kentuckians work harder than anyone else.  They go to work before the sun rises, and often return home after the sun sets.  They do not quit. They are loyal.  They put their families, friends, our State and our Country above themselves.  They look for ways to serve, and ask for nothing in return. This is Director Gina Haspel.
“I am confident that Director Haspel will serve our nation with great integrity and tenacity to ensure America and her allies remain safe for years to follow. As Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, I look forward to working with her in the future.”
Click here to read more about Director Haspel’s impressive career serving our nation.