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Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) welcomes Grayson Smith as his new Field Representative for Eastern Kentucky. Smith will serve the Big Sandy Area Development District, FIVCO Area Development District and Gateway Area Development District counties in the Fifth Congressional District including Bath, Rowan, Lawrence, Morgan, Menifee, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin, Floyd and Pike Counties.

“Grayson was born and raised in Salyersville and knows first-hand, many of the issues and concerns of the people of our region,” said Rogers. “He is already well-known in the region, because of his volunteer efforts and passion for helping others. He has been very active in the tornado recovery efforts in Magoffin County since the deadly storm outbreak in March. Grayson has also worked in state government, which will be beneficial to the people and businesses he serves in this new role.”

Smith brings a wealth of experience and education to the Rogers' team. He has a Masters Degree in Education from Union College, a Bachelors Degree in Middle School Education from the University of Kentucky, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at UPIKE. In addition to his work in the private sector, Smith served as an East Kentucky Field Representative for former Governor Ernie Fletcher and most recently served as an executive for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

“I love the people of eastern Kentucky and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to serve my neighbors along-side the greatest U.S. Congressman of our time,” said Smith. "We all believe in better opportunities for our region and I'm eager to help fulfill the vision Congressman Rogers has been working on for the last 32 years; improving education, job creation and new industry recruitment, increasing access to healthcare, promoting tourism in our area, cleaning up our hillsides and streams, and fighting the drug epidemic. Together, we can continue to transform our hometowns." 

Smith joins Congressman Rogers' team of Field Representatives including Pat Wooton who serves the counties in the Kentucky River Area Development District; Danielle Smoot who serves the Cumberland Valley Area Development District; and District Director Chris Girdler who serves the Lake Cumberland Area Development District. Grayson is located in Rogers' Prestonsburg office.

Grayson lives in Salyersville with his wife, Amanda and their two daughters, Presley Rayne and Bentley Storm.
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 on Twitter!/RepHalRogers or on Facebook!/CongressmanHalRogers.