U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers To Receive 10th Annual Waterways Council, Inc. Leadership Service Award

Washington, DC — U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) will receive the Tenth Annual Waterways Council, Inc. Leadership Service Award on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 6 p.m. at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington, DC.
“I am humbled and honored to be recognized by the Waterways Council,” stated Rogers. “The importance of our ports and our inland waterway system to our economic security cannot be understated, particularly in opening up access to the global marketplace. It has been my privilege to work with WCI and its membership over the years to help ensure our system is well-maintained and well-equipped to efficiently ship goods domestically and transport American products internationally. I look forward to continued collaboration on our shared goal — the development of an efficient, safe and environmentally-sound •water highway’ that maintains American competitiveness and job-creation.”
Serving Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981, Rogers is currently in his 16th term representing southern and eastern Kentucky and is the longest serving Kentucky Republican ever elected to federal office. Throughout Rogers’ 27-year tenure on the Appropriations Committee, he has served on eight different subcommittees, including leadership roles as Chairman or Ranking Member of three. Throughout his tenure in Congress, Rogers has been a strong supporter of our inland waterways.
“We are so pleased to have the opportunity to show our appreciation for the outstanding leadership of Congressman Rogers and to thank him for his commitment and service to America’s critical waterway infrastructure,” said Cornel Martin, President/CEO of Waterways Council, Inc. “Waterways Council, Inc.’s Leadership Service Award recognizes champions of our nation’s waterways and port system, and Rep. Rogers certainly deserves that recognition.”
Waterways Council, Inc. is the national public policy organization advocating a modern and well-maintained national system of ports and inland waterways. The group is supported by waterways carriers, shippers, port authorities, shipping associations and waterways advocacy groups from all regions of the country. Visit www.waterwayscouncil.org  
By Professional Mariner Staff