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Birthdate: June 28, 1970
Birth Place: Andrews, NC, United States
Residence: Brasstown, NC
Hayden Rogers was born in Andrews, N.C., and raised in Robbinsville. He resides in Brasstown. He received a bachelor's degree in politics from Princeton University in 1995.
Rogers is a small business owner. He started a construction company in western North Carolina and later expanded his ventures to real estate management, landscaping, and a retail garden center.
He managed U.S. Rep Heath Shuler's campaign in 2005 and became Shuler's long-time chief of staff.
Rogers and his wife, Dr. Donna Tipton-Rogers, have two children.
Hayden Rogers is looking to succeed his boss, retiring Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler, in North Carolina's 11th Congressional District. Rogers, who managed Shuler's 2005 campaign and continued on to become Shuler's chief of staff, is making his first run at elected office.
He faces Republican Mark Meadows in the November 2012 general election.
Rogers says his top priority is creating and keeping good paying jobs in western North Carolina. He is particularly passionate about transportation and infrastructure. He comes from a rural portion of the state where broadband, electrical, water and sewer services are often lacking.
Similar to Shuler, Rogers is a social conservative. He is anti-abortion and pro-gun. He says he will fight against excessive regulations that attempt to limit Second Amendment rights.
He believes that the national debt is a threat to the long-term security of the United States. He favors a balanced budget.
Rogers believes that the public education system should begin at the early childhood level. He says the No Child Left Behind law should be revised to give more decision-making power to local communities and to allow for more creativity and flexibility in education.
Source: Associated Press
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