WASHINGTON — A month after he was hurt in a car crash, Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers of Somerset is back on Capitol Hill.

What You Need To Know

  • Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers of Somerset is back on Capitol Hill

  • The Republican representative has been recovering from a car crash in Virginia last month 

  • Rogers represents southern and eastern Kentucky 

  • He is the longest serving member of the House 

His return comes during a turbulent week for Republicans, with major setbacks in both the House and Senate Tuesday, Feb. 6.

The Republican represents southern and eastern Kentucky and is the longest serving House member.

He told Spectrum News on Wednesday, Feb. 7 that he still feels slightly weak, but “fine.”

The 86-year-old was hospitalized for a week after he was injured in a car crash in Virginia on his way home from the Capitol last month and has been undergoing physical therapy for his injuries.

“It totaled my car and I’m very lucky,” said Rogers. “In fact, God blessed, I think, not to have been injured more seriously.”

Rogers was in a neck and back brace Tuesday, Feb. 6 as he cast his first votes since the crash.

With a razor-thin majority in the House, Republican leaders needed his vote in their effort to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, but the effort still fell one vote short.

This followed Rogers’ Kentucky colleague in the Senate, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell admitted the border deal he’d been pushing for months was dead because of opposition by fellow Republicans.

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., called out Republicans in both chambers as “dysfunctional.”

Asked about Murphy’s comments, Rogers replied, “I don’t think so. We argue a lot and we’ve got some members who are more conservative than the rest of us that need to get in line, frankly. But we’ll see this thing through.”

Rogers would have supported the Senate’s proposed bipartisan border deal, he said, and stressed the need to fund border security and provide aid to Ukraine and Israel.

The congressman serves as chair on an appropriations subcommittee and he and his fellow lawmakers only have a few weeks to finish work on spending legislation to keep the government from shutting down.