Lansing, MI Congressman Mike Rogers has released a statement on his decision to retire from his seat as the U.S. Representative to the 8th District in Congress. He has held the seat since 2001.
He will launch a national talk-radio show focused on topics of defense and national security with Cumulus Radio in January of 2015.
"It has been an honor to serve the people of Michigan's Eight Congressional District over the last 14 years. 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. That is why I have decided not to seek re- election to Congress in 2014.
As I close this chapter in my life, I am excited to begin a new one that allows me to continue serving as a voice for American exceptionalism and support a strong national security policy agenda."
Cumulus Radio sent out a statement saying "Congressman Mike Rogers will bring his unique perspective as a leading intelligence expert and former FBI agent to Cumulus, the national media company that operates the nation's largest talk radio platform, after the conclusion of his seventh term in the House of Representatives at the end of the year. As a media-savvy politician who last year appeared on more Sunday public affairs shows than any other elected official in the nation, Chairman Rogers will play an important role helping Americans understand critical issues that impact their lives."