Mike Rogers (Alabama politician)

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2003
Preceded by Bob Riley
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
from the 36th district
In office
1994–2002
Preceded by James Campbell
Succeeded by Randy Wood
Personal details
Born Michael Dennis Rogers
(1958-07-16) July 16, 1958 (age 60)
Hammond, Indiana, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Beth
Education Jacksonville State University (BA, MPA)
Birmingham School of Law (JD)

Michael Dennis Rogers (born July 16, 1958) is the U.S. Representative for Alabama's 3rd congressional district, serving since 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Early life and education[edit]

A fifth generation resident of Calhoun County in East Alabama, Rogers graduated from Saks High School[1] and earned both his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Masters of Public Administration at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama.[2][3]

Early political career[edit]

At 28 years old, Rogers became the youngest person to join the Calhoun County Commission.[4]

In 1994, he won a seat in the Alabama House of Representatives, and became Minority leader in his second term. In 2002, Bob Riley successfully ran for governor, leaving the 3rd district vacant. Rogers easily won the Republican nomination. In the general election, he faced Democratic veteran Joe Turnham, Jr., who had served three years as state party chairman and had run against Riley in the congressional election in 1998.[5]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Tenure[edit]

In December 2011, Rogers voted in support of H.R. 10, the "Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act," which would have required Congressional approval for any "major regulations" issued by the executive branch but, unlike the 1996 Congressional Review Act, would not require the president's signature or override of a probable presidential veto.[6][7]

He earned the title of "April 2012 Porker of the Month"[8] and only a 23% rating from Citizens Against Government Waste[9]

Committees[edit]

Caucus Memberships

Political positions[edit]

In 2008, he received a rating of 50% from the American Conservative Union, one of the most moderate voting records of a Southern Republican for that year.[14] Rogers supported an amendment to declare that people retain the right to pray and to recognize their religious beliefs, heritage, and traditions on public property, including schools. He cosponsored legislation to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States. Rogers sponsored a bill expressing the continued support of Congress for equal access of military recruiters to institutions of higher education.[15] He also introduced legislation making it illegal to satirize or in any way parody the Transportation Security Administration.[16]

Environment[edit]

On February 2, 2017, Rogers sponsored legislation to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency.[17]

Economic issues[edit]

Rogers is a signer of Americans for Tax Reform’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge.[18] He voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[19]

Foreign affairs[edit]

In June 2016, he called for the United States withdrawal from the United Nations in the wake of the Brexit vote by the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union.[20] On January 3, 2017, Rogers once again called for the US to withdrawal from the United Nations by introducing the "American Sovereignty Act of 2017" to the House of Representatives.[21] The bill is currently in the introductory state and still needs House, Senate, and presidential approval.

Political campaigns[edit]

In a very close election, the Turnham-Rogers contest was one of the most closely watched in 2002. Both Democratic and Republican National parties targeted the district, with Speaker Dennis Hastert promising Rogers a seat on the Armed Services committee should he win. Rogers heavily outspent Turnham, raising and spending $1,656,290[22] to Turnham's $1,015,132,[23] with Rogers enjoying an even greater margin in independent expenditures. Rogers narrowly won the election by a 50%–48% margin.[24] In this election, Rogers became a rare Republican endorsee of The Anniston Star.[25]

However, Rogers has only faced one other contest nearly that close. In 2008, Joshua Segall held him to only 54 percent of the vote—the only time since his initial election that Rogers has fallen below 59 percent of the vote.[citation needed]

Campaign contributions from ARMPAC[edit]

Rogers was a recipient of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's ARMPAC campaign contributions.[26] DeLay was prosecuted and convicted on charges of felony money laundering of campaign finances and conspiracy to launder money. As of August 2016, Rogers has not offered to return any of the $30,000 he received.[27] Rogers said that DeLay is innocent until proven guilty, and that he would not return the money "while the judicial process runs its course."[28]

Personal life[edit]

Rogers and his wife have three children. They reside in Saks and are members of a Baptist Church.[29]

Honors[edit]

Rogers has been awarded the following foreign honor:

Electoral history[edit]

Alabama House of Representatives 36th District Election, 1994
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike D. Rogers 5,371 56.28%
Democratic James Campbell (inc.) 4,172 43.72%
Alabama House of Representatives 36th District Election, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike D. Rogers 7,733 99.01%
Write-ins Write-ins 77 0.99%
Alabama's 3rd Congressional District House Primary Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike D. Rogers 28,113 76.10%
Republican Jason Dial 4,681 12.70%
Republican Jeff Fink 4,134 11.20%
Alabama's 3rd Congressional District House Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike D. Rogers 91,169 50.31%
Democratic Joe Turnham 87,351 48.20%
Libertarian George Crispin 2,565 1.42%
Alabama's 3rd Congressional District House Election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike D. Rogers 150,411 61.23% +10.92%
Democratic Bill Fuller 95,240 38.77% -9.43%
Alabama's 3rd Congressional District House Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike D. Rogers 97,742 59.59% -1.64%
Democratic Greg Pierce 62,891 38.34% -0.43%
Independent Mark Layfield 3,396 2.07% +2.07%
Alabama's 3rd Congressional District House Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike D. Rogers 142,708 54.03% -5.56%
Democratic Joshua Segall 121,080 45.84% +7.50%
Alabama's 3rd Congressional District House Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike D. Rogers 117,736 59.42% +5.39%
Democratic Steve Segrest 80,204 40.48% -5.36%
Alabama's 3rd Congressional District House Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike D. Rogers 175,306 64.00% +4.58%
Democratic John Andrew Harris 98,141 35.83% -4.65%
Write-ins Write-ins 483 0.18%
Alabama's 3rd Congressional District House Primary Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike D. Rogers 50,372 75.89%
Republican Thomas Casson 15,999 24.11%
Alabama's 3rd Congressional District House Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike D. Rogers 103,558 66.12%
Democratic Jesse Smith 52,816 33.72%
Write-ins Write-ins 246 0.16%
Alabama's 3rd Congressional District House Primary Election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike D. Rogers 77,432 75.98%
Republican Larry DiChiara 24,474 24.02%
Alabama's 3rd Congressional District House Election, 2016[32]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike D. Rogers 192,164 66.93%
Democratic Jesse Smith 94,549 32.93%
Write-ins Write-ins 391 0.14%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mike Rogers - Saks High School - Anniston, AL". sakshighschool.org. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Jacksonville State University -". www.jsu.edu. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  3. ^ "JSU News Wire". www.jsu.edu. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  4. ^ lbgaddy@annistonstar.com, Laura Gaddy, Star Staff Writer,. "Gerald Willis, public servant and businessman, dies at 75". Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Riley a Rerun in U.S. House," The Anniston Star, November 4, 1998, p. 1A
  6. ^ Sonmez, Felicia (December 7, 2011). "REINS bill to expand congressional power over executive regulations passed by House". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 10, 2013.
  7. ^ "Mike Rogers | Congressional Scorecard – FreedomWorks". Congress.freedomworks.org. Retrieved 2014-01-05.
  8. ^ [1] Archived May 30, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "Citizens Against Government Waste: Scorecard". Councilfor.cagw.org. Archived from the original on November 28, 2008. Retrieved 2014-01-05.
  10. ^ "Our Members". U.S. House of Representatives International Conservation Caucus. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Members of the Veterinary Medicine Caucus". Veterinary Medicine Caucus. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Members". Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  14. ^ [2] Archived October 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ Congressman Mike Rogers: Official Website Archived August 24, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ Rogers, Mike. "Transportation Security Administration Authorization Act of 2011". govtrack.us. Retrieved 2011-10-15.
  17. ^ "Text of HR 861 115th Congress".
  18. ^ "The Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers 112th Congressional List" (PDF). Americans for Tax Reform. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  19. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah (19 December 2017). "How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  20. ^ "In the wake of Brexit, Alabama congressman wants U.S. to exit U.N. - Yellowhammer News". 26 June 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  21. ^ Forhetz, Sara. "A proposal for the U.S. to pull out of the U.N." Retrieved 2017-01-23.
  22. ^ "sdrdc.com". herndon1.sdrdc.com. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  23. ^ "sdrdc.com". herndon1.sdrdc.com. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  24. ^ "Alabama Secretary of State: Certification of Results, 2002 General Election" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-03-16. Retrieved 2014-01-05.
  25. ^ "For Congress," The Anniston Star, October 22, 2002, p. 8A
  26. ^ "Campaign for America's Future: 26 Congressmen Bought Out by Rep. DeLay". Ourfuture.org. Retrieved 2014-01-05.
  27. ^ Smith, Jesse (2016-08-04). "Mike Rogers operates under his own double standard". Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  28. ^ "Allies to Keep DeLay's Money," The Decatur Daily, October 9, 2005, p. 1A Archived March 24, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  29. ^ "About Mike Rogers | Mike Rogers for Congress". www.mikerogersforcongress.com. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  30. ^ "Klaus Iohannis a decorat opt congresmani americani cu Ordinul Steaua României în grad de Comandor". adevarul.ro (in Romanian). June 9, 2017. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  31. ^ Peia, Florentina; Iacob, Simona (June 9, 2017). Purcarea, Vicentiu; Pandea, Razvan-Adrian, eds. "President Iohannis and U.S. congressmen discuss Romania's inclusion in Visa Waiver programme". Agepres. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  32. ^ http://sos.alabama.gov/sites/default/files/voter-pdfs/2016/2016-Official-General-Election-Results-Certified-2016-11-29.pdf

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bob Riley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 3rd congressional district

2003–present
Incumbent
Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Devin Nunes
R-California
United States Representatives by seniority
105th
Succeeded by
Dutch Ruppersberger
D-Maryland