Rep. Mike Rogers Is Retiring to Become a Radio Host

House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) (R) and House Intelligence ranking member U.S. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) speak to the media at a news conference on Capitol Hill, March 25, 2014 in Washington, DC.
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Abby Ohlheiser, The Wire
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Abby Ohlheiser, The Wire
March 28, 2014, 4:01 a.m.

Sev­en-term Rep. Mike Ro­gers an­nounced early Fri­day that he will not seek reelec­tion in Novem­ber. In­stead, the chair­man of the House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee will host a na­tion­al ra­dio show. In a state­ment, the Michigan Re­pub­lic­an said:

I have al­ways be­lieved in our founder’s idea of a cit­izen le­gis­lature. I had a ca­reer be­fore polit­ics and al­ways planned to have one after. The geni­us of our in­sti­tu­tions is they are not de­pend­ent on the in­di­vidu­al tem­por­ary oc­cu­pants priv­ileged to serve. That is why I have de­cided not to seek re-elec­tion to Con­gress in 2014. As I close this chapter in my life, I am ex­cited to be­gin a new one that al­lows me to con­tin­ue serving as a voice for Amer­ic­an ex­cep­tion­al­ism and sup­port a strong na­tion se­cur­ity policy agenda.

Ac­cord­ing to the De­troit News, Ro­gers told WJR-AM ra­dio this morn­ing that “they may have lost my vote in Con­gress, but you haven’t lost my voice.” His show will be syn­dic­ated by Cu­mu­lus Ra­dio.

Al­though Ro­gers’s pre-con­gres­sion­al ca­reer was in the FBI and not in talk ra­dio, Ro­gers noted that he used to host a show in col­lege. He’s also a fre­quent Sunday talk-show guest. Lately, Ro­gers’s highest-pro­file opin­ions have been about the NSA and whistle-blower Ed­ward Snowden. The con­gress­man has, for in­stance, called journ­al­ist Glenn Gre­en­wald a “thief” and ac­cused him of “selling” the NSA doc­u­ments provided to him by Snowden. Ro­gers has also sug­ges­ted that a “for­eign power” was be­hind Snowden’s leaks, des­pite the ex­ist­ence of no evid­ence to sup­port that the­ory.

More re­cently, Ro­gers and the rank­ing Demo­crat on the In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee, Rep. Dutch Rup­pers­ber­ger, in­tro­duced an NSA re­form bill to com­pete with the bulk col­lec­tion re­forms an­nounced by Pres­id­ent Obama on Thursday. Obama’s re­form plan would re­quire the NSA to get a court or­der to ac­cess metadata re­cords stored by tele­phone com­pan­ies, while Ro­gers’s bill would al­low the gov­ern­ment to get that ap­prov­al after ac­cess­ing them.

Ro­gers is the 22nd mem­ber of the House to an­nounce his re­tire­ment this cycle, as Roll Call points out. That’s still around the av­er­age num­ber of re­tire­ments from the House per cycle. This year, he’s the 12th Re­pub­lic­an to do so.

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