Tribute in Honor of Tommy Harold Mink

Floor Speech

Date: May 27, 2022
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Madam Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to Tommy Harold Mink in celebration of his retirement from the Rockcastle County Industrial Development Board in Mount Vernon, Kentucky, where he has dedicated 45 years of service to the community and southeastern Kentucky.

Mr. Mink has been instrumental in providing wisdom and guidance for industrial development, job creation, and economic growth in Rockcastle County, beginning with the Rockcastle County Improvement Board and continuing to aid in acquisition, retention, and development of local land for new opportunities for more than four decades as a charter member of the Rockcastle County Industrial Development Board.

Mr. Mink is also a member of the Kentucky Cattleman's Association Hall of Fame, as a result of his life-long, successful career in the farming industry. His passion for farming began as a child in Rockcastle County where he was born and raised on a 35-acre dairy farm. He became a first-generation college graduate in his family, earning a degree in agriculture in 1958. Today, he and his sons still own and operate a 350 cow/calf and back-grounding operation.

His expertise has been highly sought after by a number of local and state organizations, including serving as a board member of the Rockcastle County Cattlemen's Association since 1985, serving as Master Conservationist in 1981, a charter member of the Rockcastle County Forage Council, the Rockcastle County Soil Conservation District since 1982 and Chairman from 1983 to 2019, a charter member of the Rockcastle County Saddle Club for more than 20 years, an Extension Agency Board Member, Chairman of the Western Rockcastle Water District, the Farmers Home Administration, a Farm Bureau board member, the Vocational Educational Regional Advisory Board in Harlan County, and a court- appointed appraiser for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He is also Chairman of the Brindle Ridge Fire Department, a founding member of Cedar Rapids Country Club, and a deacon of the Brindle Ridge Baptist Church. Mr. Mink has also been a Kentucky Colonel since the late 1960's.

As a veteran of the U.S. Army, with two tours of active duty from 1959 to 1966, this nation owes Mr. Mink a great debt of gratitude for his military service. His overall lifetime of service is truly inspiring, from working on the farm as a young boy, to becoming a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, to establishing a Veterans Honor Guard in Rockcastle County, to building a successful business and providing tireless community service throughout his entire adult life.

Mr. Mink has sincerely earned his due retirement and I wish him and his family the very best in the years to come.