Today, U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers' (KY-05) long-time District Director, Bob Mitchell announced his plans to retire on June 1, 2012.
"Bob Mitchell is one of the greatest political advisors in the history of our Commonwealth," said Rogers. "He has been by my side from the beginning, starting as a volunteer in my race for Kentucky's Lieutenant Governor seat in 1979 and my first Congressional race in 1980, following me through 32 years representing southern and eastern Kentucky, until today. Together, we have worked on every major project across the region from flood prevention projects to road projects and the formation of successful non-profit organizations like The Center for Rural Development, PRIDE, Operation UNITE, the Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation, Forward in the Fifth and TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky (TOUR SEKY). I can say with the upmost confidence that Bob Mitchell is one of the greatest ambassadors of southern and eastern Kentucky, dedicating tireless efforts to projects that would most benefit the people of our rural region and our great Commonwealth. He has not only been one of my closest friends and confidants, but worked diligently to gain the trust and partnerships of thousands of families and community leaders across Kentucky. Regardless of his absence in the office, we will continue brainstorming ideas to transform this region that we both call home."
Although Mitchell is retiring from his official congressional duties, he will continue to serve as Congressman Rogers' campaign manager. Bob and his wife Nancy, who is also retiring from her accounting business in Corbin, Kentucky plan to travel and enjoy their well-deserved time together.