Service, that is what has defined the life of Mike Rogers.
Mike was born and raised in Livingston County, Michigan. His parents were leaders in the community, his dad was a teacher, a coach, and a vice principal, and his mother led the local chamber of commerce, fighting for small businesses.
After graduating from Howell High School and Adrian College, Mike began his service to the American people as a lieutenant in the United States Army. Following his time in the Army, Mike continued serving his country as a Special Agent in the FBI, taking down organized crime and public corruption in Chicago.
Seeing this corrupt activity firsthand, Mike knew that people of character were required to step up and serve. Mike’s idea of public service has always been to serve others, not yourself. In 1994, Mike decided it was time to run for the Michigan Senate and to serve his community as their voice in the legislature.
As a State Senator, Mike worked to help families stay safe and succeed. He wrote the legislation that created Michigan’s 529 College Savings Program, helping families save for their children’s education. Mike also fought to reduce burdensome regulations that were harming our small businesses and worked with law enforcement to get them the new tools they needed to take down child predators.
In 2000, Mike ran to represent Michigan in Congress, defeating his Democrat opponent in the closest race in the country that year. In Congress, Mike worked to eliminate federal taxes on education savings plans and passed legislation to help low-income families receive healthcare. Mike also authored the Respect for Fallen Heroes Act, which made protesting on federal land while families were burying service members who made the ultimate sacrifice a federal crime.
On the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Mike worked to secure our nations’ energy independence and unleash American made energy by reducing the regulations and tax burdens on American families and small businesses.
Mike made his greatest mark in Congress through his service as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. He was among the first to sound the alarm on the economic and national security danger posed by China. Mike also fought Chinese efforts to steal American intellectual property, particularly working to protect Michigan’s auto industry.
In 2015, Mike entered the private sector, creating a business where he became a champion for American innovation, passionately helping the small businesses that are the backbone of our economy. Mike is also passionate about the field of cyber security, working with companies large and small to protect their data from criminals and bad-acting countries like China.
Mike is happily married to his wife Kristi, who has also lived a life of service. She served in Iraq as a liaison from the Department of Defense and worked to secure our borders with the Customs and Border Protection Agency. Service is instilled in their family. Mike’s daughter served in AmeriCorps after college, helping armed service members get access to the care they need. His son, the 4th generation of the Rogers family to serve in the U.S. military, is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and is currently serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy.
Mike Rogers has always answered the call to serve, and he is ready to serve Michigan in the United States Senate.