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Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) welcomes Shannon Rickett as his new Field Representative for the Cumberland Valley area. Rickett will serve Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Lincoln, McCreary, Rockcastle, Wayne and Whitley Counties.

"Shannon was born and raised in Corbin and knows first-hand, many of the issues and concerns of the people of southern and eastern Kentucky,” said Rogers. "She is already well-known in the region, because of her volunteer efforts and her position with the National Institute for Hometown Security. Shannon's expertise and knowledge of government operations will be a great benefit for the counties she now serves.”

Rickett brings a wealth of experience and education to the Rogers' team. She has a Juris Doctorate from the Baylor University School of Law and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Louisville where she attended as a McConnell Scholar. For the last six years, Shannon has worked as the Director of Commercialization for the National Institute for Hometown Security in Somerset, Kentucky. 

“It is an honor to work with Congressman Rogers and to be a part of improving my home region,” said Rickett. "I'm eager to meet with community leaders to find ways to build upon the successful projects already in place in southern and eastern Kentucky."  

Rickett will work out of the Somerset District Office and joins Congressman Rogers' team of Field Representatives, including Grayson Smith who works in the Prestonsburg District Office and serves the counties in the Big Sandy Area Development District (A.D.D.), FIVCO A.D.D., and Gateway A.D.D.; Pat Wooton who works in the Hazard District Office and serves the counties in the Kentucky River A.D.D.; and District Director Chris Girdler who works in the Somerset District Office and serves Pulaski County. Danielle Smoot, who represented the Cumberland Valley area now serves as Congressman Rogers' Communications Director.

Shannon lives in Corbin, Kentucky and is the daughter of Jerry and Elaine Rickett.
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.                                                    


Shannon Rickett, New Field Representative for Congressman Rogers