Upon his election to Congress in November of 2016, James Comer came to Washington ready to fight on behalf of the people of the 1st Congressional District. Spanning from the Mississippi River in Fulton all the way to Liberty in Central Kentucky, the 1st District is home to 35 counties with their own distinct identity and local treasures.
Comer grew up in rural Monroe County and later attended Western Kentucky University to study his lifelong passion: Agriculture. Upon graduation in 1993, Comer entered the business world, taking out a loan to purchase his first farm and dive into his career. Today that business, Comer Family Farms, is one of the largest farming operations in south central Kentucky.
After his first election in 2000, Comer served for six terms as a member of the Kentucky State House, where he was lauded for his success as a legislator. He was named the National Republican Freshman Legislator of the Year during his first term and was regarded as one of the most conservative, pro-business legislators in Frankfort.
Upon being elected Kentucky’s Commissioner of Agriculture in 2011, Comer cleaned up the Kentucky Department of Agriculture which was beset by scandal, corruption, and a lack of accountability. His work to root out wasteful spending and fraud, return taxpayer dollars to the treasury, and grow Kentucky’s agricultural economy received bipartisan acclaim. He promoted rural economic development by spearheading the successful effort to legalize industrial hemp and developed new branding initiatives for Kentucky farmers.
This record of conservatism, accomplishment, and bipartisanship is exactly what Comer has brought to Washington D.C. He’s a fierce advocate for rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure, balancing the federal budget, and implementing business-friendly policies, including regulatory reform. These are his chief priorities in the 115th Congress.
Comer is married to TJ Comer, and father to Reagan, 12, Harlan, 9, and Aniston, 5. He is proud to call the 1st District home and grateful for the opportunity to represent its citizens in the House of Representatives.