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Michael 'Mike' J. Rogers
Birthdate: June 3, 1963
Birth Place: Livonia, MI, United States
Residence: Howell, MI
First Elected: 2000
District: District 8
Undergraduate: Adrian College
Mike Rogers was born in Livonia, Mich., and lives in Howell. He earned a bachelor's degree from Adrian College.
After graduation, he entered the Army, ultimately reaching the rank of first lieutenant and serving as a company commander in a rapid deployment unit.
Rogers and his brothers later opened a construction firm, E.B.I. Builders.
Rogers attended the FBI Academy, and was assigned to the FBI field division in Chicago, working in the bureau's organized crime unit. He then returned to Livingston County, Mich., and made his first bid for political office in 1994, winning a seat in the state Senate.
He won election to the U.S. House in 2000.
He is married with two children.
Mike Rogers has sought to balance his interests in national security and on trade and economic issues, with his home state's heavy reliance on manufacturing.
He has been an advocate for Michigan's automakers and supported giving them federal loans. He criticized President Barack Obama's January 2009 move to re-examine tougher emissions standards in some states because it will hurt the auto industry.
Rogers also opposed moves toward a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions, arguing it could devastate Michigan. He proposed his own stimulus measures that would develop a new generation of nuclear power, help the struggling auto industry by funding research and development of alternative fuels and expand the re-tooling money already included in the stimulus bill.
He was particularly frustrated by the House's passage of the 2010 health care reform bill, decrying the "dirty deal after dirty deal after dirty deal in the bill. ... It is a disgrace."
After the June 2012 decision by the Supreme Court upholding the health care legislation Rogers said, "No court can change the facts about this disastrous law."
Rogers voted against the $700 billion package to help the financial sector in the fall of 2008, but supported a $25 billion loan guarantee for domestic automakers.
"Unfortunately for Michigan families, President Obama has promised a lot over the past three years but has failed to deliver," Rogers said after Obama's State of the Union address in 2012. "The budget deficit and national debt are at record highs, his administration is choking off American energy sources and employers continue to fear even more taxes and regulations that are already killing jobs and economic expansion. Taxpayers don't need any more big government mandates that have proven to be disastrous."
Rogers also has focused on the war on terror as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. He also serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee.
After the U.S. ambassador to Libya was killed in a September 2012 attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Rogers said there were too many coincidences to conclude that it hadn't been planned in advance. "There's other information, classified information we have that just makes you stop for a minute and pause," he said, without elaborating.
In July 2012, Rogers introduced an amendment to a measure passed by the House that said it was the sense of Congress that the Haqqani network meets the definition of a terrorist organization and they should be designated as one. Obama made the designation in September 2012.
He sought to assure Americans that their rights are protected after the House in September 2012 renewed a surveillance law that allows the government to monitor conversations of foreign spies and terrorist suspects abroad, while requiring approval from a secret court when Americans are targeted anywhere in the world. "This is about foreigners on foreign soil. It's not a dragnet," he said.
The decision to support the war in Iraq was more personal for Rogers than for most members of Congress. Rogers' brother, Col. Jim Rogers, served in Iraq as a member of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division.
Mike Rogers, a former FBI agent, played a key role in the development of the Patriot Act because of his knowledge of wiretapping laws.
Rogers ran for Congress in 2000 in what became the closest House race in the country, winning by fewer than 200 votes. He ran a hard campaign, debating his opponent, fellow state Sen. Dianne Byrum, several times around the district.
Rogers wanted to avoid another close campaign and began furiously raising campaign funds to scare off potential opponents soon after taking office. He raised $714,875 in his first six months in office, more than any other freshman in the history of the House.
When it came time to redraw election maps after the 2000 census, Michigan's Republican-controlled Legislature also strengthened Rogers' district to make it more Republican.
Source: Associated Press
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