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Military Servicemembers and Veterans

The First District is the proud home of Fort Campbell, which has been repeatedly recognized as one of the best installations in the U.S. Army. We must never take for granted the sacrifice our servicemembers, military retirees, veterans and their families have made for this country. Accordingly, Congress must work to increase defense funding, improve the VA, and ensure that our nation’s heroes continue to receive the benefits they deserve and have earned. 

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November 18, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman James Comer has been selected by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to serve on the conference committee for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The yearly NDAA funds United States military operations, and the conference committee will negotiate a spending bill for the coming year that resolves differences between the House and Senate.

January 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Comer attended the swearing-in ceremony at the Pentagon for Kelli Pendleton of Hopkinsville; Kelli was selected as the next Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Kentucky West. Congressman Comer supported Kelli’s nomination to this position with a letter of recommendation to the Secretary of the Army. Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army are business and community leaders appointed by the Secretary to advise and support Army leaders across the country.

January 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman James Comer (KY-01) announced that he has nominated 14 students from Kentucky’s 1st District for appointments to three United States Service Academies.

“It’s a privilege to nominate 14 Kentucky students to our nation’s prestigious service academies,” Congressman Comer said. “I congratulate these young leaders on their nominations and thank them for their dedication to serving our country in this significant way.”

November 7, 2019 Press Release

I am proud that many of our nation’s veterans call the 1st District of Kentucky home. Serving as these brave patriots’ Representative in Congress is one of the greatest privileges of this office. Ensuring that we are adequately responding to the needs of our veterans is of the utmost importance, and I’m glad to see the great work that has been accomplished in recent years to better serve our vets, hear their stories and recognize their incredible service.

April 30, 2019 Press Release

This April, I spent the two-week district work period in several counties throughout the 1st District. We’re off to a busy start in Washington this year, and district work periods afford me the important opportunity to hear about how Washington can better serve our citizens. As I travel throughout the district, I am reminded of the important perspectives of those in Western and Central Kentucky which help shape policy in agriculture, healthcare, energy, education and so much more.

February 26, 2019 Press Release

Congressman James Comer (KY-01) is pleased to announce 11 service academy nominations from the 1st District of Kentucky.

“It’s a privilege to nominate these young men and women to our great service academies. It’s inspiring to see these 11 students planning to dedicate themselves in service to the United States. I know they would represent their families, communities and the 1st District of Kentucky with great pride and honor. I wish them the best in their education and service,” said Congressman Comer.


December 18, 2018 Press Release

2018 has been packed with important debate, deliberation, and compromises as well as many successes. My Republican colleagues and I have worked hard to deliver on our promises to the American people and to uphold President Trump’s America-first agenda. While perspectives are diverse among the 435 Members of the House of Representatives, each of us play a significant role in serving our unique portions of the nation. Over the past year, and throughout the 115th Congress, it is important to reflect on some of the major accomplishments that lead us into the next Congress.

November 9, 2018 Press Release

I am fortunate to represent a congressional district that many U.S. Military veterans call home. During my time serving in the state legislature, as Agriculture Commissioner and now as the Representative for Kentucky’s First District, I have had the privilege of meeting countless men and women who have bravely served our nation. My constituency of active duty and retired servicemembers and veterans have unique backgrounds and stories that reflect the incredible character of Kentucky and our nation as a whole.

June 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Trump posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to First Lieutenant Garlin Murl Conner in recognition of his extraordinary acts of bravery and selfless service to our nation during World War II. Congressman Comer joined First Lieutenant Conner’s family and friends at the White House to remember and honor this distinguished Clinton County native.

April 9, 2018 Press Release

Congressman James Comer (KY-01) is proud to announce, six students from the First District of Kentucky have received appointments to these United States Service Academies.


The following students have received appointments:


West Point

  • Jackson Beal, Marshall County High School
  • Tyler Cooper, McCraken County High School and the United States Military Preparatory Academy


Naval Academy