Mike Rogers (Alabama politician)
|Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee|
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2021
|Preceded by||Mac Thornberry|
|Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Committee|
January 3, 2019 – January 3, 2021
|Preceded by||Bennie Thompson|
|Succeeded by||John Katko|
|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
|Preceded by||James Campbell|
|Succeeded by||Randy Wood|
|Calhoun County Commissioner|
|Born||July 16, 1958|
Hammond, Indiana, U.S.
|Education||Jacksonville State University (BA, MPA)|
Birmingham School of Law (JD)
Michael Dennis Rogers (born July 16, 1958) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the U.S. representative for Alabama's 3rd congressional district since 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party of Alabama. Since 2021, he has served as the Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee. From 2019 to 2021, he served as the Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Committee.
Early life and education
A sixth-generation resident of Calhoun County in East Alabama, Rogers graduated from Saks High School and earned both his undergraduate degree in political science and Master's of Public Administration at Jacksonville State University.
Early political career
At age 28, Rogers became the youngest person to join the Calhoun County Commission.
In 1994, Rogers won a seat in the Alabama House of Representatives, and became minority leader in his second term. In 2002, Bob Riley was elected governor, leaving the 3rd district seat vacant. Rogers won the Republican nomination. In the general election, he defeated Democratic veteran Joe Turnham, Jr., who had served three years as state party chairman and had run against Riley for Congress in 1998.
U.S. House of Representatives
112th Congress (2011-2013)
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.
115th Congress (2017-2019)
In 2017, Rogers worked with Representative Jim Cooper on a proposal to establish a Space Corps under the Department of the Air Force. The proposal passed the House and failed in the Senate. A bill with very similar language was signed into law two years later to create the United States Space Force.
117th Congress (2021-2023)
Rogers was at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, when it was stormed. The next day, he tweeted, "there is no place for political violence in America" and called for law and order. Even after the attack, Rogers supported efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results, voting to oppose the certification. He voted against impeaching Donald Trump a second time in the wake of the attack. His rationale for his decision was that it was a partisan action by Nancy Pelosi that would "further divide our nation".
Rogers voted against the American Rescue Plan in February 2021. His rationale for opposing the bill was that it was full of "extreme socialist initiatives" and too expensive, and that it was too soon for another bill after the December 2020 Consolidated Appropriations Act. He also said the bill did not support schools reopening and that it funded abortions.
- Committee on Armed Services (Ranking Member)
- Committee on Homeland Security
- Congressional Cement Caucus
- United States Congressional International Conservation Caucus
- Veterinary Medicine Caucus
- Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
- Republican Study Committee
In 2020, Rogers received a lifetime rating of 86% from the American Conservative Union, one of the most moderate voting records of a Southern Republican that year. He 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 co-sponsored legislation to prohibit the physical desecration of the U.S flag. Rogers sponsored a bill expressing Congress's continued support for equal access of military recruiters to institutions of higher education. He also introduced legislation making it illegal to satirize or in any way parody the Transportation Security Administration.
Rogers is anti-abortion. As of 2020, he has a 100% rating from National Right to Life and a 0% rating from NARAL in 2018 for his abortion-related votes. He opposes banning federal health coverage if abortion is included and opposes using human embryos for stem cell research. Rogers has voted in support of efforts to restrict interstate transport of minors for abortions and allowing partial-birth abortion only if the mother's life is at risk. He also opposes human cloning and signed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. He co-sponsored the Sanctity of Human Life Act. Rogers supported the 2022 overturning of Roe v. Wade and called it "the right decision to protect the innocent lives of unborn children."
Rogers believes that marriage is between a man and a woman and voted for the Marriage Protection Amendment in 2004. In 2007, he voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Rogers has a 0/100 rating from the Human Rights Campaign regarding pro-LGBTQ policies.
In June 2016, Rogers called for the United States withdrawal from the United Nations in the wake of Brexit. On January 3, 2017, Rogers once again called for the U.S. to withdraw from the U.N., introducing the American Sovereignty Act of 2017. The bill still needs House, Senate, and presidential approval. On January 3, 2019, Rogers submitted a similar bill, H.R.204 - American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2019.
2020 presidential election
In December 2020, Rogers was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state. Rogers is one of 147 Republican lawmakers who voted to overturn results in the 2020 presidential election.
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 outspent Turnham, raising and spending $1,656,290 to Turnham's $1,015,132 and enjoying an even greater margin in independent expenditures. Rogers won the election, 50% to 48%. In this election, he was a rare Republican endorsee of The Anniston Star.
Rogers has only faced one other contest nearly that close. In 2008, Joshua Segall held him to only 54% of the vote—the only time since his initial election that Rogers has fallen below 59%.
- 2008 Rogers defeated Democratic nominee Joshua Segall, a Montgomery attorney, and Independent Mark Layfield.
- 2010 Rogers defeated Democratic nominee Steve Segrest.
Campaign contributions from ARMPAC
Rogers was a recipient of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's ARMPAC campaign contributions. 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. Rogers said that DeLay is innocent until proven guilty, and that he would not return the money "while the judicial process runs its course."
|Democratic||James Campbell (incumbent)||4,172||43.7|
|Republican gain from Democratic|
|Republican||Mike Rogers (incumbent)||7,733||99.0|
|Republican||Mike Rogers (incumbent)||150,411||61.2|
|Republican||Mike Rogers (incumbent)||97,742||59.6|
|Republican||Mike Rogers (incumbent)||142,708||54.0|
|Republican||Mike Rogers (incumbent)||117,736||59.4|
|Republican||Mike Rogers (incumbent)||175,306||64.0|
|Democratic||John Andrew Harris||98,141||35.8|
|Republican||Mike Rogers (incumbent)||50,372||75.9|
|Republican||Mike Rogers (incumbent)||103,558||66.1|
|Republican||Mike Rogers (incumbent)||77,432||76.0|
|Republican||Mike Rogers (incumbent)||192,164||66.9|
|Republican||Mike Rogers (incumbent)||147,770||63.7|
|Republican||Mike Rogers (incumbent)||217,384||67.5|
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- Congressman Mike Rogers official U.S. House website
- Mike Rogers for Congress
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Mike Rogers (Alabama politician) at Curlie
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart