- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

Comments about the announcement Friday by U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., that he won’t seek re-election and will begin a radio show:

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“We have accomplished so much together, and I am most proud of our work to turn the House Intelligence Committee into a true legislative and oversight body. But 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. - U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.

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Congressman Mike Rogers is a true public servant, and has dedicated his life to serving his country and the people of mid-Michigan. … Rep. Rogers has always put the interests of others first. On behalf of all Michiganders, I thank the congressman for his lifetime of service and dedication to our state. Mike Rogers has been successful at every turn, and I wish him nothing but the best as he begins a new career.” - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.

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“There’s not a day that Mike Rogers has not put our national interest over everything else. He is one for whom every member, be they Republican or Democrat, has the greatest respect. We witnessed the horrible attacks together on Sept. 11 and ever since that day he has led the way to ensure America’s safety.” - U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich.

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Mike Rogers is without equal in the halls of Congress. First as an FBI agent and later as chairman of the House Committee on Intelligence, Mike has spent his entire life ensuring our country has been kept safe from threats both foreign and domestic. He never once let partisan politics stand in the way of doing what’s right for our nation and its safety. I can’t think of anyone who enjoys more respect from both Republicans and Democrats alike.” - National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden.

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“Chairman Rogers has been a leader for our party, our state and our country. Mike has the heart of a servant, and I’m certain we will continue working together to keep moving Michigan, and our country, forward. I want to thank the Congressman for his many years of service, and wish him well in this new path.” - Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak.

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Congressman Rogers will be missed by folks across Michigan. For over a decade, Congressman Rogers served Michigan well, fighting for legislation important to families here at home. Though I’m disappointed to see him go, I look forward to listening to his insight on the radio. I wish him and his family the best as he transitions into a new life.” - U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land, a Republican.

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“Learning … that Mike Rogers plans to retire from Congress after seven terms was like a punch in the gut. Mike has been a member of a dwindling cadre of members of Congress who have married substance, progress and civility. His retirement, coupled with those of Rep. (John) Dingell and Sen. (Carl) Levin, represents a tremendous loss for Michigan and the nation.” - Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber.

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“While I have fundamental political differences with Congressman Rogers, I want to be among the first to thank him for his service to our state and nation. I also want to make it clear that I continue to deeply appreciate the trust and confidence placed in me by the citizens of Lansing as their mayor over the past nine years.” - Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, a Democrat.

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“I want to thank Congressman Rogers for his many years of service to the people of Michigan. Though we strongly differed on matters of policy, I appreciated his advocacy for projects and funding for Mid-Michigan. I wish him the best of luck as he begins his new radio career. The next person to represent this district will have the opportunity play a critical role in developing policy that effects mid-Michigan.” - state Rep. Sam Singh, D-East Lansing.

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“We are thrilled to have Chairman Rogers join our team. He has been instrumental helping to shape many of the most important issues and events of our time and will play a significant role in our expanding content platform.” - Lew Dickey, CEO of Cumulus Media.

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