Paducah Chamber to host Virtual Event with Cong. Comer and South Carolina’s Cong. Cunningham

Published Friday, June 12, 2020 4:00 pm

As part of the American Congressional Exchange, Cong. James Comer, a Republican from Kentucky’s First District, and Cong. Joe Cunningham, a Democrat from South Carolina’s First District, will be together in Paducah on June 19 and participate in a virtual event with the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce.  

The event is part of the American Congressional Exchange/Bipartisan Policy Center’s program and the Paducah Chamber’s 2020 Public Policy Series.  It will be broadcast from the Paducah Bank Community Room in the Commerce Center as a Zoom webinar and will be livestreamed on from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event is not open for others to attend in person.  

The Paducah Chamber’s Public Policy Series, sponsored by Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership and Swift & Staley, Inc., gives the business community access to legislative leaders and information on key issues of importance to the business community.  

Cong. Comer represents Kentucky’s First Congressional District and was elected to Congress in November of 2016.  His district includes 35 counties from West Kentucky to Central Kentucky.  He grew up in rural Monroe County and graduated from Western Kentucky University where he studied his lifelong passion of agriculture. He is a member of the Agriculture, Oversight and Reform, and Education and Labor Committees.  Prior to his election to Congress, he served as Kentucky’s Commissioner of Agriculture having been elected in 2011.  He also served six terms as a member of the Kentucky State House.  

A Lyon County native, Cong. Cunningham is serving his first term representing South Carolina’s First Congressional District. His district encompasses the state’s Lowcountry, including Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Kiawah and Hilton Head.  He is the son of retired Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham.  South Carolina's First Congressional District has the highest number of veterans in the state.  Cunningham serves on the House Veterans' Affairs and Natural Resources Committees. Prior to his election to Congress, Cunningham was an attorney and an ocean engineer. 

The Bipartisan Policy Center, based in Washington, D.C., actively fosters bipartisanship and strives to build better relationships between lawmakers of different parties through the ACE program.  Members of Congress who participate agree to visit a member of the opposite party in that Member’s District.  That member, in turn, reciprocates when schedules permit 

Those interested in attending virtually should pre-register online at Participants can email questions for the legislators in advance of the event by emailing                                                                                        

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