Michael J. "Mike" Rogers (born June 2, 1963) is the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 8th congressional district, serving since 2001. He is a member of the Republican Party and Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Mike Rogers was born in Livingston County, Michigan. 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 cases, 1989–1994.
Mike Rogers was a member of the Michigan State Senate, 1995–2000, serving as majority floor leader, 1999–2000. While in the Michigan Senate, 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. In Congress, Rogers’ measure to make education savings plans free of federal taxes was adopted in 2003. His health savings account program for low-income families who are covered by Medicaid was signed into law on February 8, 2008. In 2006, he cosponsored H.R. 4411, the Goodlatte-Leach Internet Gambling Prohibition Act and H.R.
4777, the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act. He has also introduced pain care management legislation pertaining to Americans who are restricted by severe, chronic pain.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 Lands, from occurring near the funerals of soldiers that were killed in action. Rogers said in an August 2010 in a radio interview that the leak of more than 90,000 classified military documents to an international website constitutes treason by putting the lives of the men and women of the American military at risk, calling for the execution of the perpetrator.
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Mike 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. Stabenow was elected to the United States Senate. He defeated Frank McAlpine in 2002, Robert Alexander in 2004, and Jim Marcinkowski in 2006, and Robert Alexander in 2008.
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. He resides in Howell, Michigan.
August 12th, 2011