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Biography

Elected: 2002, 7th term.

Born: July 16, 1958, Hammond, IN

Home: Saks, AL

Education: Jacksonville St. U., B.A. 1981, M.P.A. 1984, Birmingham Schl. of Law, J.D. 1991

Professional Career: Practicing atty., 1991-2002.

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Baptist

Family: Married (Beth) , 3 children

Republican Mike Rogers, elected in 2002, has a socially conservative voting record, and his views occasionally light up the liberal blogosphere. He told a local audience in 2009 that then-Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is “crazy” and “mean as a snake.” Five years later, a gay rights group complained that he joked in a speech that he found it nice to be called "honey" and "sweetie" by a woman at an Alabama restaurant instead of a Washington men's room.

Rogers is a fifth-generation resident of Calhoun County, the son of a textile worker and a fireman. At the age of 28 in 1986, he was the first Republican elected to the county commission. In 1994, he won a seat in the Alabama House, and in his second term, he became minority leader. In 2002, after Republican Bob Riley gave up the 3rd District seat to run for governor, Rogers easily won the GOP nomination to succeed him. But in the general election, he had stiff competition from Democrat Joe Turnham Jr., who served three years as state party chairman and challenged Riley unsuccessfully in 1998. Turnham and Rogers tried to “out-bubba” each other, with Turnham calling for a congressional auto racing caucus and demanding that Rogers prove he had hunting and fishing licenses. Rogers touted his working-class values and support from the National Rifle Association. He also emphasized his opposition to abortion rights and support for a constitutional amendment permitting prayer in the public schools. Though both national parties targeted the district, Turnham did not risk bringing in national Democrats to campaign for him in the socially conservative district, while Rogers got frequent visits from national Republican leaders. The contrast in national party support was evident in Rogers’s big fundraising advantage. Still, Rogers won, but only 50% to 48%. He did well in his base, Calhoun County, where he got 60% of the vote. In contrast, Turnham lost Lee County, his home, 52%-46%, but carried the district’s portion of Montgomery County 57%-42%.

On the Armed Services Committee, Rogers became chairman of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee in 2015. He seeks to protect Anniston Army Depot as well as Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base and Fort Benning in nearby Georgia. Like other Alabama Republicans, he has supported having the power to earmark spending bills to protect those and other state interests.

Rogers has sought to enhance Alabama’s role in domestic protection against terrorism. His district includes the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Center for Domestic Preparedness. In 2010, he spoke out against President Barack Obama’s proposal to combine several FEMA grant programs, including those for a corps of citizen volunteers and for interoperable communications systems for first-responders. He has been highly critical of the Transportation Security Administration, saying in May 2012 that the aviation security agency must become “smarter, leaner, and tougher.” A month later, he admonished the agency for wasting its time frisking easily recognizable passengers such as former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. In general, Rogers harbors a conservative’s distrust of federal agencies, saying in a 2011 radio interview, “Who says the federal government has to have an EPA?”

He is occasionally centrist on economic issues. He bucked the Bush administration and won local praise by opposing the free trade agreement with Morocco on the grounds that it would reduce local textile and apparel jobs. In 2009, he proposed allowing new car buyers a tax deduction of up to $7,500. But he has been a reliable Republican vote since the GOP regained the majority in 2011 – so much so that the Montgomery Advertiser, in endorsing him in 2012, encouraged him to show more independence. “Party discipline has its place, of course, but we would urge Rogers to weigh carefully the potential impact of some aspects of the leadership’s agenda on the 3rd District and on the rest of Alabama,” the newspaper said.

In this ancestrally Democratic district, Rogers has worked hard to entrench himself and raise money to discourage Democratic opposition. In his first two reelection campaigns, he drew only inadequately funded Democratic challengers. But in 2008, Rogers faced a serious contest with Josh Segall, a 29-year-old Montgomery bankruptcy lawyer who stuck with Democratic doctrine on most issues except gay rights and gun control, spent over $1 million, and had the support of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He attacked Rogers for backing the $700 billion government rescue of the financial markets, and also accused him of harming the local textile industry with his support of the Central America Free Trade Agreement. Rogers attacked Segall for his “Hollywood and New York” campaign contributions and his liberal views that “don’t reflect east Alabama’s conservative values.” Segall won Montgomery County 62%-38% and three nearby counties, but Rogers prevailed 53%-47% overall. He has made himself a fixture ever since.

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Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Mike Rogers
Votes: 175,306
Percent: 64.11%
John Harris
Votes: 98,141
Percent: 35.89%
2012 PRIMARY
Mike Rogers
Unopposed
2010 GENERAL
Mike Rogers
Votes: 117,736
Percent: 59.42%
Steve Segrest
Votes: 80,204
Percent: 41.0%
2010 PRIMARY
Mike Rogers
Unopposed
2008 GENERAL
Mike Rogers
Votes: 150,819
Percent: 53.39%
Joshua Segall
Votes: 131,299
Percent: 46.48%
2008 PRIMARY
Mike Rogers
Unopposed
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (59%), 2008 (53%), 2006 (59%), 2004 (61%), 2002 (50%)

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