Representative Mike Rogers.
On Friday, Representative Mike Rogers said that he would not be seeking re-election to Congress in the fall. The Michigan Republican is also the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and has been harshly critical of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, as well as Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian reporter who disseminated Snowden’s leaked documents. Rogers’ resignation would mark the end of a 14-year tenure in the House of Representatives.
Despite reports on Thursday evening (since retracted) saying that the congressman would resign from his position on the House Intelligence Committee, Rogers’ spokeswoman said that he had no plans to step down. Instead, Rogers announced on Friday morning that he would not seek re-election and would instead join Cumulus, a talk radio company.
“I have always believed in our founder’s idea of a citizen legislature,” Rogers said in a statement, according to The Detroit News. “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. That is why I have decided not to seek re-election to Congress in 2014.”
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