By Jack Brammer
FRANKFORT – U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Rogers, has promoted Chris Girdler as his new district director to replace Bob Mitchell, who retired June 1.
Girdler has been deputy district director for the last 18 months.
“Five years ago, I invited Chris to join my team as a field representative, and since that time he has diligently worked with the people of southern and eastern Kentucky, and developed a passion to improve the region he calls home,” Rogers said in a statement. “It is with the upmost confidence that I asked him take the helm on projects in the 5th Congressional District.”
“No one has done more to transform southern and eastern Kentucky than Congressman Rogers’ and it is an honor to work along-side a true visionary for our region,” said Girdler.
“Bob Mitchell paved the way, creating strong partnerships and friendships across the region, and I am humbled by the Congressman’s trust and confidence in me to continue Mitchell’s legacy as district director.”
Prior to Girdler’s work in the 5th Congressional District, he spent several years working as a business executive in the private sector. In May, Girdler was elected Republican nominee for the state Senate’s 15th District, which includes Adair, Casey, Pulaski and Russell counties.
Originally, Girdler was supposed to face Democratic lawyer J. Scott Wantland of Shepherdsville on Nov. 6. However, the court battle in Frankfort this year over legislative redistricting shifted boundary lines and left Wantland outside of the 15th district after he filed to run. There does not appear to be an eligible Democrat in the race anymore.