Jim Rogers (Oklahoma politician)

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Jim Rogers
Personal details
Born Jimmie Hugh Rogers
(1935-03-25)March 25, 1935
Atoka County, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died November 11, 2014(2014-11-11) (aged 79)
Durant, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Oklahoma Baptist University
University of Wyoming
Religion Southern Baptist

Jimmie Hugh Rogers, Sr. (March 25, 1935 – November 11, 2014) was an American perennial political candidate.[1][2] He ran 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 was noted for being highly protective of his privacy. He rarely spoke to the media and repeatedly declined to participate in debates.[3] While revealing that his top priorities as a candidate were to stop the outsourcing of jobs overseas and rein in the national debt, he did not generally make his political positions known.[3] While citing his experience as a professor at several different universities, Rogers often 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 was 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]


Rogers was married once and divorced. Prior to the divorce, he and his wife had one son. For much of his adult life, he was a resident of Midwest City, Oklahoma.[12][5] Rogers was a Southern Baptist[4] who was once ordained in a small church in rural Oklahoma, where he briefly served as pastor.[12]

Rogers died November 11, 2014 at the age of 79.[12]


  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. 
  12. ^ a b c "JIMMIE HUGH ROGERS, SR. March 25, 1935 - November 11, 2014". Brownsfuneralserviceatokaok.com. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Brad Carson
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Oklahoma
(Class 3)

Succeeded by
Constance Johnson