|Name||Michael J. "Mike" Rogers|
Brighton, Michigan , United States
|| June 02, 1963
Nov 03, 2017 06:51pm
Married - U.S. Army - Methodist -
|Info||U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers' leadership experience and legislative record created new and unique opportunities usually not open to a relatively new member of Congress. Appointed to the deputy whip team and the Majority Leader's leadership council in his first term, Mike now continues his proactive role in leadership, serving as Deputy Whip for Coalitions and on the influential Committee on Energy and Commerce. His subcommittee assignments include: Energy and Air Quality, Environment and Hazardous Materials, Health, and Oversight and Investigations. |
In Congress, following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Mike's expertise was sought out during development of the USA PATRIOT Act, which gives law enforcement the tools necessary for tracking terrorists with today's technology. His expertise proved invaluable in understanding how wiretaps are obtained and used, the complex checks and balances that prevent abuse of wire taps, and why the rules based on 1970s technology were no longer applicable in the day of cell phones and the Internet.
Only a few weeks before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Mike traveled in the Middle East where he talked with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. That trip was followed by four more Middle East visits requested by the Speaker of the House. Mike visited Afghanistan where he met with U.S. troops as well as leaders of Afghanistan, including President Karzai. Later he traveled in Israel and Saudi Arabia, and then to Turkey, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait, where he met with U.S. military troops as well as leaders of those four nations. Recently, he was sent again to Turkey to talk with new leaders there about basing U.S. military troops on Turkish bases. The first-hand knowledge gained from these trips, and his own personal interest in national defense and world affairs, make Mike a valuable resource for his Congressional colleagues and the citizens he serves in Michigan.
Mike has been aggressive in Congress on a number of issues, including measures that strengthen the economy and help build a stronger jobs base for Michigan communities. He has authored legislation to help stop scam artists from defrauding Americans and stealing their hard-earned savings and investments, to stop the flow of Canadian trash into Michigan and other border states, and to empower low-income and minority families to become homeowners. Rogers' measures already signed into law include a segment of tax cut legislation that makes college savings account earnings free from federal taxes.
In the Michigan Senate, Mike earned a reputation as a leader on education, jobs, and Internet crime prevention. He authored laws creating Michigan's highly successful college and vocational training tax-free savings plan, created laws leading to thousands of new jobs, and led the fight to protect children from sexual predators while surfing the Internet and creating higher penalties for using the Internet to commit crimes related to stalking, gambling or bombing. He championed telecommunications consumer protection laws and spearheaded efforts to put Michigan's Veteran's Trust Fund in a "lockbox" to guarantee its availability to meet veteran's needs.
A 1985 graduate of Adrian College in Michigan, Mike earned his reputation as a leader, problem solver and "people person" during service as a U.S. Army officer/company commander (1985-89), FBI special agent investigating public corruption as a member of the Chicago Bureau's organized crime unit (1989-94), and in the Michigan Senate (1995-2000) where he served as Senate Majority Floor Leader (1999-2000).
Mike also has a strong business background. He is a co-founder of E.B.I. Builders, Inc., a family-owned home construction business in Brighton, and is a member of several chambers of commerce. Mike served in the U-M Reserve Officer Training Corp (R.O.T.C.), belongs to the Society of Former Special Agents for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and is an honorary member of Brighton Rotary Club.
Today, Mike and his wife Diane are raising their daughter Erin, 9, and son Jonathan, 6, in his home town of Brighton. He commutes to the nation's Capital each week, and can often be seen in the 8th District where he is a familiar face at many community events and activities