(AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers has filed to run for a record 19th term in Kentucky's 5th Congressional District.
The Kentucky secretary of state's office website shows Rogers filed Friday for re-election.
The Somerset lawyer has served in Congress since 1981 and is the longest serving Kentucky Republican ever elected to federal office.
Rogers is chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which oversees federal government spending. He and former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear launched Shaping Our Appalachian Region, an effort to transform eastern Kentucky's economy after the decline of the coal industry.
Republican John Burk Jr. of Somerset filed to run for the seat on Thursday.