Kentuckians have a deep interest in the production, cultivation and sale of industrial hemp and hemp derived products. Maybe our enthusiasm for this crop is rooted in the Commonwealth’s history. The Great Compromiser, Henry Clay, recognized the potential of hemp and grew it to make rope and bagging. Or, perhaps it’s because we recognize the enormous opportunities the industry provides for entrepreneurship and job creation. Either way, it’s clear, the hemp industry in the Commonwealth is booming.
The HIA is just one example of the actions I have taken to ensure Kentucky’s thoroughbred industry will continue to grow and prosper. As we look back on Justify’ s historic Triple Crown victory last year, American Pharaoh’s grand slam in 2015, and as we look forward to this year’s Kentucky Derby, we must continue to fight for the future of our special industry. By enhancing the safety and integrity of horseracing, we can ensure the Kentucky Derby will always remain the “greatest two minutes in sports.”
I am proud to represent the people of Central and Eastern Kentucky in a seat in Congress that has existed for more than 200 years. It is a seat which has been occupied by many great statesmen including the Great Compromiser, Henry Clay. I am humbled to follow in the footsteps of these statesmen, serving the heart of the Bluegrass and recognizing my responsibility to fight for its future through various bipartisan roles in the House.

COLUMN: Here to Serve

January 1, 2019

As we embark upon a New Year, I want to first express my sincere appreciation for the confidence you have once again placed in me by allowing me to serve another term as your Sixth District Congressman. It’s an honor to represent my Kentucky home in Washington, D.C., and I’m grateful to have the continued privilege to serve, work and fight for you in the United States House of Representatives.