Showcasing his resume and emphasizing he’s “ready to serve again,” former longtime U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan on Wednesday announced his 2024 candidacy for Senate in the crucial Great Lakes battleground of Michigan.
“America under Biden and his cronies is going in the wrong direction,” the Republican argued in a campaign launch video. “We can do better, and that’s why I’m running for the United States Senate. To get government out of the way, unleash American innovation and take common sense back to Washington.”
Rogers, who represented parts of central Michigan 14 years in Congress before deciding against running for re-election in 2014, served as House Intelligence Committee chair during his last four years in office.
And he becomes the first prominent Republican to run for the open Senate seat held by longtime Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow.
Stabenow announced eight months ago she wouldn’t seek re-election in 2024 for a fifth six-year term representing Michigan in the Senate.
“Michigan’s way of life is worth defending. That’s why I served in the Army. That’s why I served in the FBI, taking down organized crime. That’s why I led the House Intelligence Committee in the hard years after 9/11,” Rogers said in his video as he showcased his resume.
He also highlighted in his video that he “left politics to help build cybersecurity companies that can stop foreign threats like China.”
Rogers emphasized that “Michigan’s future is at risk” and touted that “no candidate is better prepared to have an impact on day one.”
Rogers’ announcement could make the race in Michigan competitive as the GOP aims to win back the Senate majority next year. Republican sources confirmed to Fox News the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), the campaign arm of the Senate GOP, encouraged Rogers to run.
“Mike Rogers has devoted his life to serving the people of Michigan and holding communist China accountable. Mike is the type of candidate who can perform well with suburban Michiganders and be a strong part of the eventual ticket in Michigan. I am pleased to see Mike stepping up to run for the U.S. Senate,” NRSC Chairman Sen. Steve Daines said in a statement.
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