Wooton recognized for years of service

Herald Staff

April 29, 2013

Buckhorn resident Pat Wooton was recognized recently for his years of service, as Rep. Hal Rogers entered into the Congressional Record a tribute to Wooton, who retired this week as a field representative for Rogers’ Hazard district office.

Wooton has worked as Rogers’ field representative for the past six years, with his retirement effective on April 30. He also served one term as sheriff in Perry County, and currently sits on the Buckhorn city council.

Rogers entered into the record a tribute noting Wooton’s years of service, including his service during the Vietnam War (having been awarded the Bronze Star), as an educator in Perry County, and his work serving the Fifth Congressional District.

“Pat has been my right hand on many issues impacting constituents in the eastern half of Kentucky’s Fifth Congressional District, covering 18 counties,” Rogers said. “Anytime a natural disaster occurs in our region, such as flash flooding, tornadoes and damaging mudslides, Pat immediately reaches out to local officials to offer a helping hand and evaluate the potential need for federal assistance. He has been a loyal, reliable resource in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, always offering a friendly smile, his contagious humorous attitude, and word of encouragement.”

Wooton also serves as chairman of the Perry County Republican Party, sits on the board of directors at Hazard Community and Technical College, and is a member of the Kentucky High School Baseball Coach Hall of Fame, for his years as coach of the Buckhorn High School baseball team.

He currently resides with his wife Veda in the Buckhorn community.