Alumnus Mitchell Ponder traveled throughout Comer’s congressional district to collaborate with constituents
MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University alumnus and director of the Kentucky Lake Chamber of Commerce Mitchell Ponder, ’20, interned with Kentucky Congressman James Comer this summer.
Ponder, a political science and advertising graduate hailing from Glasgow, Kentucky, traveled around the region visiting various officials, businesses and individuals to address local issues relating to the federal government. He also represented Comer at a county fiscal court meeting.
“I’d always been interested in the side of government that helps people, less so the politics, and I knew that field representatives are known for their role in helping people,” Ponder said. “When I graduated a year early, I didn’t really think I’d be thrown into a global pandemic job market, so I was definitely overwhelmed looking for a path right out of college. I thought this would be a good starting point, and I couldn’t have been more right.”
Ponder said one of the major lessons he learned is that the main purpose of government officials is to serve the people who elected them.
“There are so many great people in this region that struggle with different things on a daily basis that need to be addressed,” Ponder said. “I was lucky to work for someone who never lost sight of that fact and made sure that he and the rest of his staff made the citizens of Kentucky’s first congressional district a priority.”
“Mitchell joins a great group of interns I’ve had from Murray State University, and I know he will be successful in his new position as director of the Kentucky Lake Chamber of Commerce,” Comer said. “I wish him the best of luck in what is already shaping up to be a bright future.”