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February 14, 2016

Mike Rogers of Michigan to Retire (Updated)

Rogers will not seek re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 7:31 a.m. | Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., announced Friday he will retire at the end of the year.

Rogers, the House Intelligence Committee chairman, was first elected in 2000 and is serving his 7th term in the House. He will become a nationally syndicated radio host beginning next year.

“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,” Rogers said in a statement, as the Detroit News reported.

Cumulus media said in a statement Friday that Rogers will “bring his unique perspective as a leading intelligence expert and former FBI agent to Cumulus, the national media company that operates the nation’s largest talk radio platform, after the conclusion of” his term in Congress.

Rogers was recruited last year to run for the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin. His own retirement now opens up a potential target for House Democrats, who hope to cut into the GOP’s majority in November.

Soon after the announcement, national Republicans named former state Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop and former state Speaker Craig DeRoche as possible contenders for the seat. At least one Michigan Democratic operative pointed to Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum as a potential candidate.

Rogers’ 8th District is currently rated Safe Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. But without Rogers, it could be competitive. Mitt Romney carried the district by 3 points in 2012, and President Barack Obama won it by 6 points in 2008.

Interested contenders will have less than a month to decide before the April 22 filing deadline. The primary is Aug. 5.

Rogers is the 22nd member and 12th Republican to retire from Congress this cycle, according to Roll Call’s Casualty List.

Hannah Hess contributed to this report.

  • Saltygi

    Can’t leave too soon. 1 reason we are watched at all times.

  • terjeanderson

    So when a Democratic member of Congress retires, the right wing commentators swarm here claiming it is evidence that Democrats are headed for an electoral disaster in November, they’re all “rats fleeing a sinking ship,” a sign that Democrats have given up on winning back the House. They say that even when the Democratic incumbent is elderly and has perfectly good reasons for retiring, and represents a safe Democratic district.

    Yet when someone like Rogers retires – a relatively young member, with an influential Committee position and closely tied to leadership, representing a swingy district, there is no similar “chicken little” narrative about Republican chances.

    Republican retirements continue to outnumber Democrats stepping aside. More of those Republican members are abandoning competitive districts. More of those Republican members are closely tied in with the Speaker, and are giving up powerful positions on key committees.

    If you use the logic of the right wing posters here, it means that Boehner and his lieutenants know their days are numbers and are seeking the exits before looming defeat in November.

    But all it really means is that there will be one more very competitive race in November – in a previously “safe” Republican seat.

  • Thingumbob

    Hmm. Wonder if someone found a skeleton in his closet?

  • palintologist

    The “early retirees” know what’s coming and don’t want to be in office when it hits the fan. I’m conservative and Rogers isn’t on my hit parade. Gloat all you want. I’m glad he’s going, too. Maybe we can get a REAL conservative to replace him. I wish he’d take Fred “Curly Bulbs” Upton with him.

  • Chris Ward

    Craig DeRoche does not live remotely near the district nor does he likely have any intent on running for this seat. Look for State Senator Joe Hune who represents about 40% of the seat now, possible Senator Jim Marleau, Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett, former RNC Committeeman Saul Anuzis and Fmr. Senator Mike Bishop on GOP side. Barb Byrum would be formidable as a Democratic candidate if she chooses to run.

  • Blinknone

    Good, he really needed to go.

  • BBWeekly

    If Republicans are going to retire, then this is the safest year to do so …. because the national tide is so anti-Obama, that should give the GOP a leg up everywhere and then give a new rep a chance to represent the district for a couple of years before the tougher race in ’16.

  • CobraJet428

    2014 Midterms
    GOP 55%
    ‘rats 41%
    Still looks currently “safe”

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