Former U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Livingston County, is touting the endorsement of the Southeast Michigan Chamber of Commerce in the U.S. Senate race for the seat that Sen. Debbie Stabenow will soon vacate.
The SMCC is a group of chambers including Warren Center Line, Albanian, and Gratiot Avenue.
“We are proud to endorse Mike Rogers for the Republican primary in the U.S. Senate campaign,” Southeast Michigan Chamber of Commerce CEO John Johnson said in a statement. “His extensive experience in public service, coupled with his unwavering commitment to economic development, make him the right choice for our endorsement on the Republican side of the ticket.”
Rogers served in the U.S House of Representatives from 2001 to 2015, leaving the post to join the Cumulus talk-radio network. He previously resided in Florida and is a resident of Livingston County again.
Before working in the U.S. House, Rogers served in the Michigan Senate from 1995 to 2000, according to Ballotpedia.
He was a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1989 to 1994, after serving four years with the U.S. Army.
As a U.S. Representative, Rogers served on the Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he was appointed to the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology and the Subcommittee on Health. He chaired the Select Committee on Intelligence. From 2011 to 2012, he chaired the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
In 2012, Rogers co-authored a bill to repeal the $716 billion in cuts to Medicare due to the passing of Obamacare.
Thus far, five Democrats are vying to replace Stabenow: Nasser Beydoun; Zack Burns; Hill Harper; Leslie Love, and Elissa Slotkin. Douglas Marsh is seeking the Green Party nomination and James Frizzell is running as an Independent.
Republicans seeking the nomination in opposition to Rogers include Peter Meijer; James Craig; Michael Hoover; Sherry O’Donnell; Sandy Pensler; Bensson Samuel; Sharon Savage; Nikki Snyder; Alexandria Taylor; Glenn Wilson; and J.D. Wilson. Another former U.S. Republican Congressman from Michigan, Justin Amash, is exploring whether to enter the race as well.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct Rogers’s residency.