Mike Rogers (Michigan politician)

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Mike Rogers
Chair of the House Intelligence Committee
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2015
Preceded bySilvestre Reyes
Succeeded byDevin Nunes
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 8th district
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2015
Preceded byDebbie Stabenow
Succeeded byMike Bishop
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 26th district
In office
January 1, 1995 – January 3, 2001
Preceded byGilbert DiNello
Succeeded byValde Garcia
Personal details
Born (1963-06-02) June 2, 1963 (age 59)
Livingston County, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Diane Rogers
(m. 1998; div. 2007)

Kristi Clemens
(m. 2010)
EducationAdrian College (BS)

Michael J. Rogers (born June 2, 1963) is an American former law enforcement officer and politician who served as the U.S. representative for Michigan's 8th congressional district. A member of the Republican Party, Rogers served from 2001 to 2015. From 2011 to 2015, he was Chairman of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Rogers previously was a CNN national security news commentator.[1] He also served as an executive producer for the CNN program Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies.[1]

Early life, education, and law enforcement career[edit]

Rogers was born in Livingston County, Michigan, the son of Joyce A. and John C. Rogers.[2] He graduated from Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan in 1985, from which he earned a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology, and served in the United States Army from 1985 to 1989. He worked as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in its Chicago office, specializing in organized crime and public corruption, 1989–1994. He is a member of the Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 2017, Mike Rogers was interviewed to be the new director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, after James Comey was dismissed.[3]

Michigan State Senate[edit]


He was first elected in 1994. In 1998, he won a second term with 68% of the vote.[4]


He represented three counties: Clinton, Livingston, and Shiawassee. He served as Majority Leader from 1999 to 2000.

Rogers wrote legislation creating the Michigan Education Savings Plan, which allows Michigan families to set aside tax-free funds for educating their children when they are ready for college or vocational training.[5]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]


Rogers was elected as a Republican from the 8th District of Michigan to the United States House of Representatives in one of the nation's closest congressional races of 2000. He defeated Democratic State Senator Dianne Byrum by 111 votes to win the District 8 seat left open by Debbie Stabenow.[6] However, the district was redrawn to be much friendlier to Republicans in the 2002 round of redistricting. It lost its share of heavily Democratic Genesee County while being pushed further east into the solidly Republican northern portion of Oakland County and also gaining Republican-leaning Clinton County, north of Lansing. From 2002 onwards, Rogers was continuously reelected with little difficulty. He usually ran up large margins in the areas of the district outside heavily Democratic Lansing, the district's largest city.


Mike Rogers at Hudson Institute talked about Clear and Present Danger: Confronting the Cyber Threat from China and Russia
Mike Rogers and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter talked during the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress Eisenhower award dinner

Rogers' measure to make education savings plans free of federal taxes was adopted in 2003 (see Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001). His health savings account program for low-income families who are covered by Medicaid was signed into law on February 8, 2008.[7]

In 2006, he cosponsored H.R. 4411, the Goodlatte-Leach Internet Gambling Prohibition Act[8] and H.R. 4777, the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act.[9] He has also introduced pain care management legislation pertaining to Americans who are restricted by severe, chronic pain.[10]

Rogers was the primary sponsor of the Respect for America's Fallen Heroes Act, H.R. bill 5037, which was signed into law by President George W. Bush on May 29, 2006. This bill is designed to ban protests on federal land from occurring near the funerals of soldiers that were killed in action.[11]

The CBO has said that Rogers's H.R. 1206 to make it easier for states to obtain waivers from some Medical Loss Ratio requirements would add $1.1 billion to the deficit between 2013 and 2022.[12]

On November 30, 2011, Congressman Rogers introduced the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).[13] "The bill would allow the government to share all of its classified cyber-security knowledge with private companies, forming knowledge-sharing agreements that would hopefully keep China (and other countries and hackers) out of American computer networks. The catch is that the information shared is a two-lane street—companies would also be allowed to share private data with the federal government, provided there is a reasonable 'cyber threat.'"[14] "In the current version, most personal information would be stripped from data shared with the government, and the bill no longer defines intellectual property theft as something relating to national security "We think we're making huge progress with the privacy groups, so they understand what we're trying to accomplish, which isn't anything nefarious," Rogers said"[15]

Rogers has reaffirmed his support for the NSA's programs, stating on October 30, 2013, "You can't have your privacy violated if you don't know your privacy is violated."[16][17]

Rogers introduced and supported the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015 (H.R. 4681; 113th Congress), a bill that would authorize a variety of intelligence agencies and their appropriations for fiscal years 2014 and 2015.[18][19] The total spending authorized by the bill is classified, but estimates based on intelligence leaks made by Edward Snowden indicate that the budget could be approximately $50 billion.[20][21] Rogers said that members of Congress "have somehow decided over the last year that our intelligence services are the problem... they are part of the solution."[18]

In March 2014, Rogers announced he would not seek an 8th term in Congress.[22] He later launched "Something to Think About", a daily radio segment.[23] Former Michigan State Senator Mike Bishop won the Republican primary and defeated Democratic challenger Eric Schertzing.[24]

Committee assignments[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Rogers is the youngest of five sons. His father was a public school teacher-administrator-football coach and his mother was the director of a local Chamber of Commerce. Rogers' older brother Bill was a state representative in Michigan. His wife, Kristi Rogers, previously served as the CEO and as a managing director of Aspen Healthcare Services, and now is a managing partner for Principal to Principal.

Rogers sits on the Atlantic Council's Board of Directors.[25] He is also the David M. Abshire Chair at the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress,[26] an Intelligence Project Senior Fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center,[27] and a member of George Mason University's National Security Institute Board of Advisors.[28]


  1. ^ a b "CNN Profiles - Mike Rogers - Host, "Declassified" & CNN National Security Commentator". CNN. Retrieved September 28, 2021.
  2. ^ "Congressional Record - 111th Congress (2009-2010) - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Archived from the original on December 12, 2019. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  3. ^ "Ex-Rep. Mike Rogers interviewed for FBI director". Detroit News. Retrieved May 22, 2017.
  4. ^ "Our Campaigns - MI State Senate 26 Race - Nov 03, 1998".
  5. ^ http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/1999-2000/publicact/pdf/2000-PA-0161.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  6. ^ "2000 Official Michigan General Election Results – 8th District Representative in Congress 2 Year Term (1) Position". Miboecfr.nicusa.com. Archived from the original on September 22, 2008. Retrieved August 22, 2010.
  7. ^ "MICROCOMP output file" (PDF). Retrieved August 22, 2010.
  8. ^ "Bill Summary & Status - 109th Congress (2005 - 2006) - H.R.4411 - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Archived from the original on November 25, 2008. Retrieved August 6, 2008.
  9. ^ "Bill Summary & Status - 109th Congress (2005 - 2006) - H.R.4777 - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Archived from the original on October 18, 2014. Retrieved August 6, 2008.
  10. ^ "FDsys - Browse Congressional Bills" (PDF).
  11. ^ "H.R.5037 - Respect for America's Fallen Heroes Act". congress.gov. January 8, 2023.
  12. ^ Viebeck, Elise. "CBO: GOP bill revising health law ratio will add to deficit." The Hill, 8 November 2012.
  13. ^ "Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (2012; 112th Congress H.R. 3523) - GovTrack.us". GovTrack.us.
  14. ^ Koebler, Jason. "CISPA Author Rogers: China's Cyber 'Predators' Must Be Stopped". Retrieved April 17, 2012.
  15. ^ Koebler, Jason. "CISPA Author Rogers: China's Cyber 'Predators' Must Be Stopped". US News. Retrieved April 17, 2012.
  16. ^ "Mike Rogers: You Can't Have Your Privacy Violated If You Don't Know About It". Techdirt. October 30, 2013.
  17. ^ Serwer, Adam (October 31, 2013). "GOPer: Trust us on that spying thing". MSNBC.
  18. ^ a b Marcos, Cristina (May 30, 2014). "House authorizes intel programs through 2015". The Hill. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  19. ^ "H.R. 4681 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  20. ^ Wilhelm, Alex (May 30, 2014). "House Votes To Fund Intelligence Programs Through 2015". TechCrunch. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  21. ^ Masnick, Mike (August 29, 2013). "Latest Snowden Leaks Detail The 'Black Budget' And How Much The Gov't Wastes On Useless Surveillance". TechDirt. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  22. ^ [1][dead link]
  23. ^ ""Something to Think About" with Mike Rogers Launches in January on Radio Stations Nationwide Through Nation's Largest Talk Platform". westwoodone.com. November 6, 2014. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  24. ^ "Former State Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop wins 8th Congressional District". Detroit News. November 4, 2014.
  25. ^ "Board of Directors". Atlantic Council. Retrieved February 12, 2020.
  26. ^ "Mike Rogers". Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. Retrieved September 28, 2021.
  27. ^ "Mike Rogers". Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Retrieved September 28, 2021.
  28. ^ "Advisory Board". National Security Institute. Retrieved September 28, 2021.

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