Jim Rogers (Oklahoma politician)

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Jim Rogers
Personal details
Born (1935-03-25) March 25, 1935 (age 79)
Atoka County, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Oklahoma Baptist University
University of Wyoming
Religion Southern Baptist

Jim Rogers (born March 25, 1935) is an American perennial political candidate.[1][2] He has run for various offices and in 2010 was the Democratic Party nominee for the United States Senate in Oklahoma in a race against incumbent Senator Tom Coburn.

Rogers is noted for being highly protective of his privacy. He rarely talks to the media and has declined to participate in debates.[3] Although he has revealed that his top priorities as a candidate are to stop the outsourcing of jobs overseas and rein in the national debt, he generally has not made his political positions known.[3] While claiming to have been a professor at several different universities, Rogers has refused to publicly disclose which ones he taught at.[2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Rogers was born in Atoka County, Oklahoma in 1935.[4] He earned an undergraduate degree at Oklahoma Baptist University and a master's degree from the University of Wyoming.[4][5]

Political candidacies[edit]

Rogers unsuccessfully sought the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination in 2002, 2004 and 2008.[4] In the 2008 primary race, he received 40% of the vote against State Senator Andrew Rice, whose campaign was substantially funded.[4]

In 2006, he made an unsuccessful bid for Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma.[4]

2010 Senate election[edit]

After spending little money and doing very little campaigning, Rogers won the Oklahoma Democratic senatorial primary against Mark Myles, getting 65% of the vote.[6] In the general election, incumbent Senator Tom Coburn was reelected to his Senate seat, winning 71% of the vote vs. 26% for Rogers.[7]

Presidential primaries[edit]

Rogers was on the ballot in the Oklahoma Democratic presidential primary in 2008,[3] where he received nearly 4000 votes and placed fifth in a slate of seven candidates.[8] He was on the ballot in the 2012 Oklahoma Democratic presidential primary [9] and received 15,540 votes which totaled 14% of the vote total, just short of the minimum 15% needed to earn delegates.[10]

2014 Senate election[edit]

Rogers is currently a candidate in the 2014 special election to replace retiring US Senator Tom Coburn. He advanced to a runoff election with State Senator Connie Johnson for the Democratic nomination.[11]

Personal[edit]

In his candidate bios, Rogers is listed as "not married".[5] His residence is listed as Midwest City, Oklahoma and his religion is identified as Southern Baptist.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Argo, Burnis (September 6, 1985). "Teacher Under Cimarron Spell". The Oklahoman. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Bisbee, Julie (August 2, 2010). "Perennial candidate Jim Rogers is Dems' Senate nominee". Tulsa World. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Oklahoma Senate Candidate Jim Rogers Has a Name -- but Not Much Else". Politics Daily. October 26, 2010. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "2012 Oklahoma Senate Candidates: Jim Rogers". TownHall.com. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Hales, Donna (July 25, 2004). "U.S. Senate bios". Muskogee Phoenix. 
  6. ^ Bisbee, Julie (August 1, 2010). "Oklahoma elections: Democratic outsider challenges Coburn for Senate". The Okalohoman. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. 
  8. ^ "Presidential Preferential Primary Election". OKLAHOMA STATE ELECTION BOARD. February 5, 2008. Archived from the original on February 8, 2008. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  9. ^ McNutt, Michael (December 7, 2011). "Oklahoman among hopefuls to run against President Obama". The Oklahoman. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  10. ^ Dinan, Stephen (March 7, 2012). "Obama renomination won’t be unanimous". The Washington Times. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Lankford Wins GOP Nod In U.S. Senate, Faces Dems Johnson Or Rogers, Independent Beard". KGOU. AP. June 24, 2014. 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Brad Carson
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Oklahoma
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