Hal Rogers Looks Beyond Election Day

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Republican Hal Rogers expects a victory on Election Day, something the eastern Kentucky congressman has experienced 15 times before. Although he's the longest serving republican from Kentucky ever elected to federal office, Rogers says he still gets anxious on November 2nd.

"On Election Day you can almost hear the click click click by the millions out there voting on those machines and you wonder, are they going to take it out on me this time?' So yeah it makes you nervous, but I feel good about it. We've been traveling around and seeing people hoping they vote for me."

Rogers faces Democrat Jim Holbert. He's not only looking to secure a 16th term in office, Rogers also has his eyes set on the chair of the House Appropriations Committee.

For that to happen, Rogers would need the approval of likely new House Speaker John Boehner, and he would have to get past Representative Jerry Lewis of California, who also wants the budget chairmanship.