Surprise Announcement from Rogers Leaves Potential Candidates Scrambling
Congressman Mike Rogers, R-Howell, stunned colleagues and constituents today with an announcement that he will not seek re-election, opting instead to change careers yet again.
The Detroit News is reporting the 50 year old Chair of the House Intelligence Committee made the announcement today on WJR in Detroit.
But the U. S. Representative, who earlier this year ruled out a run for Senate to replace retiring Democrat Carl Levin, saying he could better serve the country by staying put, is now looking to try yet another career.
Those issues include focusing on national security, including the recent aggression by Russia, elevating the country's place in the world once again, regaining the trust of our allies, and finding a way to compromise on hard issues. Some speculate the high-profile radio gig could provide Rogers more exposure ahead of what could be his next career move--President of the United States. Others, say he is simply frustrated with the current administration and wants out.
Rogers, who has been in Congress since 2001, is not unfamiliar with career changes. He served time in the military, was with the FBI for a time, and was a state lawmaker before making the run for a spot on Capitol Hill.
The announcement leaves the field wide open for a potential replace with not a whole lot of time to get organized. April 22nd is the deadline for filing 1,000 valid petition signitures. One possible replacement is the Congressman's own brother who is currently in the state legislature. On the Democrat side, Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum is being mentioned along with Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.
Reports also suggest that Roger's retirement is calling into question the future of John Boehner as Speaker of the House.
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