Friday, March 28, 2014

Mike Rogers retiring (MI-8)

This caught me offguard. I'll have more about the fallout later.

Thanks for the time you put in, Mike. Thank your staffers for putting up with my calls. Good luck in your new career.

From WHMI:

Rogers Will Not Seek Re-Election; Heading to Radio

News Photo 3/28/14 - Seven-term Republican Congressman Mike Rogers of Howell says he won't seek re-election. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee announced his plans this morning and says he'll serve out the end of his term and plans to start a national radio program. In a statement released by his office today, Rogers said, “It has been an honor to serve the people of Michigan's eighth congressional district over the last 14 years. We have accomplished so much together, and I am most proud of our work to turn the House Intelligence Committee into a true legislative and oversight body. But I have always believed in our founder's idea of a citizen legislature. I had a career before politics and always planned to have one after. The genius of our institutions is they are not dependent on the individual temporary occupants privileged to serve. That is why I have decided not to seek re-election to Congress in 2014. As I close this chapter in my life, I am excited to begin a new one that allows me to continue serving as a voice for American exceptionalism and support a strong nation security policy agenda.” Rogers said he’ll start in January as a nationally syndicated radio show host at Cumulus Radio. The 50-year-old Rogers was elected to Michigan's 8th District in 2000, has been a frequent critic of the Obama Administration during many appearances on Sunday morning talk shows, although he was briefly floated as a potential CIA director nominee following Obama’s 2012 reelection victory. Rogers has also formed a good relationship with Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee. The pair have been staunch defenders of the controversial NSA surveillance programs disclosed by former contractor Edward Snowden. But Rogers and Ruppersberger also recently offered legislation ending NSA bulk collection program for phone calls and other agency reforms. The youngest of five sons, Rogers graduated from Adrian College in 1985, served as an officer in U.S. Army and then became an FBI agent before winning a seat in the Michigan Senate in 1995, rising to majority floor leader in 1999. He ran for the first of his seven terms in Congress the following year. (JK)

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