House Intel Chairman To Retire At End Of 2014   Leave a comment

This was a shocker…

Rep. Mike Rogers, the Michigan Republican who chairs the powerful House Intelligence Committee, will retire from Congress at the end of this term and begin a new career in talk radio.

“They may have lost my vote in Congress, but you haven’t lost my voice,” Rogers told Detroit radio station WJR on Friday morning. According to the Detroit News, Rogers will begin hosting a nationally syndicated program for Cumulus Radio next year.

It’s a surprise exit for Rogers, who becomes the latest ally of Speaker John Boehner to announce his retirement (something noted by several GOP aides watching for clues related to Boehner’s own future). Rogers was not term-limited at the Intelligence Committee, where he wields one of the most influential gavels on Capitol Hill, and had cited his important work on that panel when passing on a Michigan Senate bid last year.(National Journal)

Why is this a shocker? Two reasons come to mind: (1)Although this district has a Cook PVI of R+2 (which, in theory, makes this a competitive district of sorts), Rogers has won by relatively decent margins and wasn’t expected to face serious competition, and (2)As a prominent House committee chairman, he’s one of Speaker Boehner’s top confidants, which makes one wonder why he’s leaving now.

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Posted March 28, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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