Mike Rogers of Michigan to Retire (Updated)
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.