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Debbie Stabenow
Chair of the
Senate Democratic Policy Committee


Assumed office
January 3, 2017
LeaderChuck Schumer
Preceded byChuck Schumer
Ranking Member of the
Senate Agriculture Committee


Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded byThad Cochran
Chair of the
Senate Agriculture Committee
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2015
Preceded byBlanche Lincoln
Succeeded byPat Roberts
Secretary of the Senate Democratic Conference
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2007
LeaderHarry Reid
Preceded byBarbara Mikulski
Succeeded byPatty Murray
United States Senator
from Michigan


Assumed office
January 3, 2001
Serving with Gary Peters
Preceded bySpencer Abraham
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2001
Preceded byDick Chrysler
Succeeded byMike Rogers
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 24th district
In office
January 12, 1991 – January 14, 1994
Preceded byBill Sederberg
Succeeded byJoe Schwarz
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 58th district
In office
January 6, 1979 – January 12, 1991
Preceded byThomas Holcomb
Succeeded byDianne Byrum
Personal details
BornDeborah Ann Greer
(1950-04-29) April 29, 1950 (age 67)
Gladwin, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Dennis Stabenow (Before 1990)
Tom Athans(2003–2010)
1 stepchild
EducationMichigan State University(BA, MSW)
WebsiteSenate website

Deborah Ann Greer Stabenow (born April 29, 1950) is an American politician who is the seniorUnited States Senator from Michigan and a Democrat. First elected to the senate in 2000, she is Michigan's first female U.S. Senator. Before her election to the Senate, she was a member of the House of Representatives, representing Michigan's 8th congressional district. Previously she served on the Ingham County Board of Commissioners and in the Michigan State Legislature.

Stabenow served as Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee from 2011 to 2015. She was re-elected to the Senate for a third term in November 2012. She became the state's senior U.S. Senator upon the retirement of Carl Levin on January 3, 2015. She became Chair of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee in 2017.

Early life, education, and early career[edit]

Stabenow was born in Gladwin, Michigan, the daughter of Anna Merle (née Hallmark) and Robert Lee Greer.[1] She grew up in Clare, Michigan. She graduated from Clare High School, and received a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University in 1972 and a Master of Social Work magna cum laude from Michigan State University in 1975.[2]

Early political career[edit]

Ingham County politics[edit]

While in graduate school, Stabenow won her first election to public office: the Ingham County Board of Commissioners, a position in which she served from 1975 to 1978.[3]

State legislature[edit]

She served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1979 to 1990, where she became the first woman to preside over the House. She also served in the Michigan Senate from 1991 to 1994.[3]

1994 gubernatorial election[edit]

See also: Michigan gubernatorial election, 1994

In 1994, she ran in Michigan's Democratic gubernatorial primary for the opportunity to challenge incumbent Republican John Engler. U.S. Congressman Howard Wolpe defeated her in the primary, however, with a plurality of 35% to Stabenow's 30%. After the primary, Wolpe chose Stabenow as his running mate, and she appeared on the general election ballot as the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor.[4] Stabenow failed to become Lieutenant Governor of Michigan as Engler defeated Wolpe 61%-38%.[5]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

In 1996, Stabenow ran for a seat in the United States House of Representatives, challenging incumbent Republican U.S. Congressman Dick Chrysler for the opportunity to represent Michigan's 8th congressional district. She defeated Chrysler 54%-44%.[6] In 1998, she won re-election to a second term with 57% of the vote.[7]

U.S. Senate[edit]



Main article: United States Senate election in Michigan, 2000

She did not seek re-election in 2000, choosing instead to challenge incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham. She won the Democratic primary unopposed. She defeated him 49.5%-48%, a difference of 67,259 votes.[8]


Main article: United States Senate election in Michigan, 2006

Stabenow was challenged by Republican Michael Bouchard, Oakland County sheriff and former State Senate Majority Leader. Stabenow defeated him 57%-41%.[9]


Main article: United States Senate election in Michigan, 2012

Stabenow was unopposed in the Democratic primary and defeated Republican nominee Pete Hoekstra, former U.S. representative.[10] Stabenow won 59% to Hoekstra's 38%.


Before her current committee assignments, Stabenow also served on the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee and the Special Committee on Aging.

Stabenow is only the second person from Michigan to have served in both houses of the Michigan State Legislature and in both houses of the United States Congress.[11] Stabenow is also the first person to have served as a Michigan state legislator to be popularly elected to the U.S. Senate[12] (until enactment of the Seventeenth amendment to the United States Constitution in 1913, U.S. Senators were selected by the state legislature). No former Michigan state legislator had served in the U.S. Senate since 1894, when Francis B. Stockbridge died.[citation needed]

Stabenow became the third-ranking Democratic Party member in the U.S. Senate on November 16, 2004, when she was elected as secretary of the Democratic caucus.[13] As caucus secretary, she assisted Senate Minority LeaderHarry Reid (D-NV) to set the Democratic agenda and priorities.[11] Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) was elected Minority Whip, the second-ranking Democratic spot. In November 2006, Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that Stabenow would leave the caucus secretary position to succeed Hillary Clinton as chair of the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, charged with "engag[ing] Democratic Senators and community leaders across the country in an active dialogue".[14]

After Tom Daschle, President Barack Obama's nominee for United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, withdrew his name, the National Organization for Women urged the president to appoint Stabenow, citing her focus on health care and "her background as a social worker".[15]

Stabenow became the Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee in 2011, following the defeat of Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln.[16] A controversial item during Stabenow's tenure, has been the renewal and reform of the 2012 U.S. Farm Bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) reintroduced 2012's Senate Farm Bill in the new 113th Congress in January 2013, saying that the Farm Bill was on his top priority list, and Stabenow voiced support for Reid’s move, stating "Majority Leader Reid has demonstrated that the Senate will once again make supporting our nation’s agriculture economy while cutting spending a top priority." [17]

On October 29, 2014, Stabenow introduced the Gun Lake Trust Land Reaffirmation Act (S. 1603; 113th Congress), a bill that would reaffirm the status of lands taken into trust by the Department of the Interior (DOI) for the benefit of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band.[18][19] The bill would clarify that the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band's land trust could not be challenged in court under the Supreme Court decision of Carcieri v. Salazar.[20]

Committee assignments[edit]

Political positions[edit]

Along with eight other Senators, Stabenow tied for "Most Liberal Senator" in 2011, in the view of The National Journal.[21][22][23]

Economic issues[edit]

Stabenow has generally received low scores from free-market groups (Competitive Enterprise Institute, 2013, 0%; American Conservative Union, 2016, 0%; Americans for Prosperity, 2015-16, 0%) and high scores from fiscally liberal groups (Progressive Punch, 2015, 92%; NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, 2012, 91%).[24]

In 2009, Stabenow voted for President Obama's $787 billion stimulus plan. In 2008, however, she voted against the bailout proposed by President Bush.[25]

In 2010, she introduced the China Fair Trade Act, saying it would "prevent federal taxpayer dollars from being used to purchase Chinese products and services until they sign on to and abide by the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement." The bill would also require a report on Chinese industrial policies and require the Department of Energy to monitor the development of China's renewable energy sector.[26][27][28][29]

In October 2011, Stabenow called for tax breaks for firms developing bio-based products, using crops like soybeans and corn to create prescriptions drugs, plastics, and soaps.[30]

In August 2012, Stabenow expressed support for "strategic partnerships between farmers and industry" and for a recent Obama directive to boost federal purchases of bio-based products.[31]

In 2013, Greg Kaufmann of The Nation wrote an article stating that Stabenow was prepared to cut $8 to $9 billion from the food stamp (SNAP) program. This marked "the first time in history that a Democratic-controlled Senate had even proposed cutting the SNAP program," charged Joel Berg of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. In a lengthy statement, Stabenow's office rejected these accusations, maintaining that Stabenow "strongly opposes any changes to food assistance that make cuts in benefits for people who need help putting food on the table" and that she "has been the number one defender against the House Republican proposal to cut food assistance by $40 billion." Kaufmann and Berg both doubled down on their charges and challenged in detail the claims made by Stabenow's office.[32]

In 2015, she introduced the Stabenow-Portman Amendment (SA 1299) to address currency manipulation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.[33][34]

In 2015, the International Economic Development Council gave Stabenow the Congressional Leadership Award "for her significant contributions in the area of economic development." The IEDC cited her work on the 2014 Farm Bill, her sponsorship in 2013 of the New Skills for New Jobs Act, and her role in the federal bridge loan program."[35][36]

In 2017, Stabenow introduced her American Jobs Agenda, which included two acts: the Make It In America Act and the Bring Jobs Home Act. The former "would close loopholes in a 1933 law designed to give American companies priority when the federal government purchases goods." She said the act would require that the U.S. government "buy American...If the federal agency says they need a waiver, they need to measure how many American jobs will be impacted by purchasing that product made overseas."[37][38] The latter "would create a tax cut for companies bringing jobs and business activities back to America from another country."[39][40]

In May 2017, she and fellow U.S. Senator Gary Peters announced a $210,000 EDA grant to the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission "to help spur economic development in West Michigan."[41] In the same month, she said that owing to a major change in farmers' margins since the 2014 Farm Bill, the farm safety net needed to be strengthened, especially for dairy farmers.[42]

At a July 13, 2017, economics roundtable, she said that the "#1 request she gets in Michigan" is for "Professional technical jobs, building construction jobs — folks that can actually make things and do things." She said that Democrats can succeed in elections by "going to our core. We are the party that are willing to take risks to make things better...We believe in our core in an economy that actually works for everybody. That is how you grow America."[43]

The Biotechnology Industry Organization thanked Stabenow in 2017 for supporting development of a "biobased economy," specifically for Stabenow's introduction of the Renewable Chemicals Act of 2017, which would "allow taxpayers to claim a production tax credit of 15 cents per pound of biobased content of each renewable chemical produced during the taxable year."[44][45][46]

On October 3, 2017, Stabenow and U.S. Senator Gary Peters introduced the Small Business Access to Capital Act, designed to "reauthorize and improve the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) to help small businesses grow and create jobs." It built "on the successful SSBCI initiative that both lawmakers championed in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010" and that "funds the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and other state-led lending programs that leverage private financing to help small businesses access the capital they need."[47][48][49][50]


Stabenow has received high marks from groups supporting heavy immigration (American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2013-14, 100%; National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, 2013-14, 100%) and low marks from immigration-control advocates (Federation for American Immigration Reform, 2014, 0%; Numbers USA, 2017, 0%).[51]

During the brief 2018 government shutdown, Stabenow was among 81 Senators that effectively ended the shutdown by approving a three-week stopgap spending bill that "included reauthorizing the Children's Health Insurance Program for six years". This agreement was obtained after the Republican leadership "pledged to soon take up immigration legislation". She stated they had "reached a bipartisan agreement that funds children's health insurance and moves us closer to a solution that provides long-term certainty for Michigan families and our national defense,".[52][53]


She has gotten low marks from groups like the Center for Security Policy (2015-16, 13%).[54]

Stabenow supported Obama's Iran deal.[55]

She has made few pronunciations about terrorism, however she has been vocal in her expressions of empathy toward her Muslim constituents – tweeting holidays wishes ("Eid Mubarak!"),[56] praising Muslim contributions "to our wonderfully diverse culture," depicting ISIS as a perversion of Islam, and expressing sympathy for "Muslim-American children in Michigan" who were supposedly "afraid to go to school" because of "what Donald Trump was saying about them and their families" in December 2015.[57][58][59][60]

In January 2017, she opposed Trump's executive order temporarily limiting immigration from several Muslim majority countries, saying it "is ruining America's reputation in the world, undermining our relationships with our most critical allies, and most heart-breakingly, destroying the lives of good and law-abiding people."[61][62][63]

Income inequality[edit]

Recounting a 2014 Senate hearing on income inequality, George Packer singled out Stabenow as the only committee member who pushed back on the idea that it was caused largely by the withdrawal from the workforce of middle-aged people who preferred to collect welfare. Stabenow "pointed out that almost all the voters she heard from in high-unemployment Michigan still wanted to work."[64]

Government spending[edit]

She has received low scores from low-spending advocates (Club for Growth, 2016, 8%; Council for Citizens against Government Waste, 2015, 0%; National Taxpayers Union, 2015, 9%).[65]

Her 2012 GOP opponent Pete Hoekstra accused her of supporting wasteful government spending. "It's wasteful government spending versus American jobs," he said, dubbing her "Debbie Spenditnow" and claiming that Obama's stimulus cost the country 2.6 million jobs. "Her big-spending policies," Hoekstra said, "have shackled job creators, increased our reliance on China, threatened our national security, and put America on the path to bankruptcy." Hoekstra noted that Citizens Against Government Waste rated Stabenow as "hostile", while it called Hoekstra a "superhero." Her campaign replied with a web commercial critiquing some of Hoekstra's votes while serving nine terms in Congress.[66]


In 2011, she introduced the Reengaging Americans in Serious Education Act (RAISE UP Act), whereby the Labor Department would fund programs to help "disconnected youth" get diplomas, degrees, and job certifications. In 2012, she co-sponsored a bill to freeze student loan interest rates at 3.4 percent and make additional funds available for Pell Grants.[67]

In 2016, Stabenow and others introduced the Reducing Educational Debt Act, which she promoted with the #InTheRed hashtag.[68][69]

She expressed "strong concerns" about Trump's nomination of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary, saying that "DeVos and her family have a long record of pushing policies that I believe have seriously undermined public education in Michigan and failed our children."[70]

Gun law[edit]

Stabenow has an "F" rating from both the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Gun Owners of America for her consistent voting against pro-gun laws. She has an "A+" rating from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.[71]

After the Orlando nightclub shooting, Stabenow participated in the Chris Murphy gun control filibuster.[72] One month later, she supported Democrat proposed bills to ban people on the terrorist watchlist from buying guns and to expand background checks. Neither bill passed the Senate. Stabenow blamed the NRA for the bills' failure to pass.[73]

In 2017, Stabenow and Debbie Dingell, introduced a law that would make it illegal for people charged with misdemeanor stalking to buy guns.[74]

Health care[edit]

She has received high scores from Planned Parenthood (2017, 100%) and low scores from National Right to Life Committee, (2013, 0%).[75]

In the 2000 campaign she "promised to make the pharmaceutical industry lower prescription drug prices, to maintain Social Security benefits and to give Medicare a new prescription drug plan." She pledged to "fight the pharmaceutical and insurance industries – the two industries that spend the most money lobbying federal officials" and accused the pharmaceutical industry of "making up to 20 percent net profit each year...on the backs of families, seniors and businesses," Her spokesperson said: "In the last election, I think the pharmaceutical industry spent more campaigning against her than any other candidate...She was enemy number one."[76][77][78][79] Stabenow voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in December 2009,[80] and she voted for the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.[81] She also sponsored S. 2257, the Excellence in Mental Health Act.[82]

On September 1, 2016, she said that approving money to combat Zika was a top congressional priority.[83]


In December 2011, Stabenow voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.[84] The bill included highly controversial provisions, drafted by Senators Carl Levin and John McCain in closed session, that would allow for the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens deemed potential terrorists and enemies of the state.[85]


Global warming[edit]

On August 10, 2009, Stabenow was reported by The Detroit News as saying "Global warming creates volatility. I feel it when I'm flying. The storms are more volatile. We are paying the price in more hurricanes and tornadoes."[86] She has, however, opposed regulation of greenhouse gases, enhanced fuel efficiency standards in California, and greenhouse gas emission reporting standards.[87]

Stabenow voted for the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S.493). In March 2011, the Think Progress website accused her of joining "the pro-polluter frenzy sweeping the U.S. Senate," saying that the legislation was "being used as a vehicle for senators who wish to prevent regulation of greenhouse pollution from oil refineries, coal-fired power plants, heavy industry, and other major emitters. Stabenow has added her amendment to three others intended to hamstring the Environmental Protection Agency on behalf of carbon polluters."[88]

Stabenow's proposed amendment to keep the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions for two years also drew criticism.[89] The amendment would have given “coal-fired power plants, oil refineries and other industrial sources a two year exemption” from rules requiring them to report greenhouse gas emissions.[90] Stabenow defended her position by calling her amendment "a common-sense approach that allows protections from carbon pollution, determined by scientists and public health experts, to continue being developed while providing businesses the support and incentives they need as they reduce pollution, generate new clean energy technologies and create jobs."[91]

Drilling in the Great Lakes[edit]

In 2010, Stabenow called for a total ban on drilling in the Great Lakes. Critics noted that "a U.S. federal ban on all oil and natural gas offshore drilling in the Great Lakes" had already "been in place since 2005," and that Canada banned offshore oil drilling but had "roughly 500 offshore gas wells in Lake Erie," plus 23 "slant wells" that "drill for oil on shore but extend under Lake Erie."[92] In 2015, Stabenow and Gary Peters introduced the Pipeline Improvement and Preventing Spills Act "to ban shipping of crude oil by vessel on the Great Lakes and require a comprehensive, top-to-bottom review of hazardous pipelines in the region."[93][94]

In May 2017, Stabenow expressed support for the bipartisan effort to retain funding for The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.[95]

In September 2016, Stabenow and Gary Peters led an effort to link an aid package for the Flint water crisis to flood relief funds for Louisiana.[96]

Canadian waste disposal[edit]

On August 31, 2006, Stabenow, along with Senator Carl Levin and Rep. John Dingell, announced an agreement that would completely cease Ontario's dumping of solid waste in Michigan within four years. This had been an issue in Michigan for the past several years. Stabenow had previously introduced legislation in the Senate that was intended to reduce the dumping of Canadian trash in Michigan.[97] In July 2006, the Senate unanimously passed a law sponsored by Stabenow requiring the payment of a $420 inspection fee for every truckload of Canadian trash being brought into Michigan.[98]

Fairness doctrine[edit]

Asked in 2009 by Bill Press whether she would support a return of the Fairness Doctrine, under which the federal government enforced an ideological "balance" on the airwaves, Stabenow said yes: "I absolutely think it's time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves." Asked whether she would push for Senate hearings on the subject, she said, "I have already had some discussions with colleagues and, you know, I feel like that's gonna happen. Yep." It has been noted that Stabenow's then husband was Tom Athans, an executive in left-wing radio (Air America, Democracy Radio), whose career would have benefited from such legislation.[99]

Stabenow is probably the most prominent politician to seriously support a new Fairness Doctrine.[100][101][102]

Trump nominations[edit]

She opposed Trump's nomination of Jeff Sessions as AG: "Because of his record on civil rights and his votes against anti-domestic violence legislation, I cannot support him to be our nation's highest law enforcement officer...Families in Michigan and across the country deserve an attorney general who will enforce the nation's laws fairly and equally."[103]

She opposed Trump's nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court: "After reviewing Judge Gorsuch's rulings, it is clear that he has a long record of siding with special interests and institutions instead of hard-working Americans. And, therefore, in my judgment, he does not meet this standard of balance and impartiality."[104]

Personal life[edit]

Stabenow was first married to Dennis Stabenow; the couple divorced in 1990. They have two children, Michelle and Todd.

In 2003, Stabenow married Tom Athans, co-founder of Democracy Radio and former executive vice president of Air America. She and Athans have a stepdaughter, Gina. On May 28, 2010, approximately two years after Athans was detained in Troy, Michigan, as part of a prostitution sting, he and Stabenow divorced.[105]

Stabenow belongs to Grace United Methodist Church in Lansing, Michigan.

Stabenow made a cameo in the 2016 Zack Snyder film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as the Governor of New Jersey, the state in which Gotham City is located in the DC Extended Universe.[106]



Stabenow has been targeted in her state for her role, as Senate Agriculture Committee Chair, in adding an amendment to the 2013-14 Farm Bill that prohibited state laws protecting consumers from unlabeled GMOs. She has been called a "Monsanto mouthpiece" because this amendment aided Monsanto and other agribusinesses, which donated over three-quarters of a million dollars to her campaign during that election cycle.[107][108]

In 2016 she was criticized again for her role in the passage of a law that overruled state laws mandating GMO labeling. "The legislation is a gift to the pesticide and food industries who make and sell GMOs," wrote David Bronner in the Huffington Post.[109]

Her enthusiasm for this legislation was tied to her acceptance of campaign contributions from Michigan-based Kellogg's and Dow Chemical.[110]

Tom Athans[edit]

In 2008, Stabenow's then husband, Thomas Athans, co-founder of the liberal TalkUSA Radio network, "was implicated in a prostitution sting." He "admitted to police he paid a prostitute for sex." He went online and arranged a $150 tryst at a Detroit hotel. Stabenow and Athans were divorced a year and a half later.[111][112][113][114]

Stabenow "once voted to establish the Senate Office of Public Integrity," but during her marriage to Tom Athens, he was working as an unregistered lobbyist for a business that imported garbage from Canada into Michigan. One of the issues on which Stabenow had run for re-election in 2006 was stopping the importation of garbage from Canada into Michigan.[115][116]

Electoral history[edit]

Michigan's 8th Congressional District election, 1996
DemocraticDebbie Stabenow141,08653.76%
RepublicanDick Chrysler115,83644.14%
LibertarianDoug MacDonald3,8111.45%
Natural LawPatricia Allen1,6790.64%
Michigan's 8th Congressional District election, 1998
DemocraticDebbie Stabenow (incumbent)125,16957.41%
RepublicanSusan Grimes Munsell84,25438.64%
ReformJohn Mangopoulos4,6542.13%
LibertarianBen Steele, III2,7501.26%
Natural LawPatricia Rayfield Allen1,2130.56%
DemocraticDebbie Stabenow2,061,95249.47
RepublicanSpencer Abraham (Incumbent)1,994,69347.86
GreenMatthew Abel37,5420.90
LibertarianMichael Corliss29,9660.72
ReformMark Forton26,2740.63
ConstitutionJohn Mangopoulos11,6280.28
Natural LawWilliam Quarton5,6300.14
Democraticgain from RepublicanSwing-4.02
DemocraticDebbie Stabenow (incumbent)2,151,27856.9+7.4
RepublicanMichael Bouchard1,559,59741.3-6.6
LibertarianLeonard Schwartz27,0120.70
GreenDavid Sole23,8900.6-0.3
ConstitutionDennis FitzSimons18,3410.5+0.2
DemocraticDebbie Stabenow (incumbent)2,735,82658.8%+1.9
RepublicanPete Hoekstra1,767,38638.0%-3.3
LibertarianScotty Boman84,4801.8%+1.1
GreenHarley Mikkelson27,8900.6%-
ConstitutionRichard Matkin26,0380.6%+0.1
Natural LawJohn Litle11,2290.2%+0.1

See also[edit]


Stabenow's 2011 official portrait

For the U.S. Representative from Alabama, see Mike Rogers (Alabama politician).

Mike Rogers
Chair of the House Intelligence Committee
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2015
Preceded bySilvestre Reyes
Succeeded byDevin Nunes
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 8th district
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2015
Preceded byDebbie Stabenow
Succeeded byMike Bishop
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 26th district
In office
January 1, 1995 – January 3, 2001
Preceded byGilbert DiNello
Succeeded byValde Garcia
Personal details
Born(1963-06-02) June 2, 1963 (age 54)
Livingston County, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Kristi Clemens
EducationAdrian College(BS)

Michael J. Rogers (born June 2, 1963) is a former U.S. Representative for Michigan's 8th congressional district. A member of the Republican Party, Rogers served from 2001 to 2015. From 2011 to 2015, he was Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Rogers has a contract to speak on national-security topics on CNN.[citation needed] In June 2016, he presented a six-part series on CNN, titled Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies.

Early life, education, and law enforcement career[edit]

Rogers was born in Livingston County, Michigan, the son of Joyce A. and John C. Rogers.[1] He graduated from Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan in 1985, from which he earned a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology, and served in the United States Army from 1985 to 1989. He worked as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in its Chicago office, specializing in organized crime and public corruption, 1989–1994. He is a member of the Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 2017, Mike Rogers was interviewed to be the new director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, after James Comey was dismissed.[2]

Michigan State Senate[edit]


He was first elected in 1994. In 1998, he won a second term with 68% of the vote.[3]


He represented three counties: Clinton, Livingston, and Shiawassee. He served as Majority Leader from 1999 to 2000.

Rogers wrote legislation creating the Michigan Education Savings Plan, which allows Michigan families to set aside tax-free funds for educating their children when they are ready for college or vocational training.[4]

Committee assignments[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]


He was elected as a Republican from the 8th District of Michigan to the United States House of Representatives in one of the nation's closest congressional races of 2000. He defeated Democratic State Senator Dianne Byrum by 111 votes to win the District 8 seat left open by Debbie Stabenow.[5] However, he was reelected six times, in a newly reconfigured - and more Republican-leaning - district with almost no difficulty. Said district was created as a result of the 2000 decennial census. The Michigan Legislature removed portions of Genesee and Washtenaw Counties and replaced them with the most Republican areas of Oakland County[6][better source needed]. Congressman Rogers usually ran up large margins in the areas of the district outside heavily Democratic Lansing, the district's largest city.


Rogers’ measure to make education savings plans free of federal taxes was adopted in 2003 (see Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001). His health savings account program for low-income families who are covered by Medicaid was signed into law on February 8, 2008.[7]

In 2006, he cosponsored H.R. 4411, the Goodlatte-Leach Internet Gambling Prohibition Act[8] and H.R. 4777, the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act.[9] He has also introduced pain care management legislation pertaining to Americans who are restricted by severe, chronic pain.[10]

Rogers was the primary sponsor of the Respect for America's Fallen Heroes Act, H.R. bill 5037, which was signed into law by President George W. Bush on May 29, 2006. This bill is designed to ban protests on Federal Lands from occurring near the funerals of soldiers that were killed in action.

The CBO has said that Rogers's H.R. 1206 to make it easier for states to obtain waivers from some Medical Loss Ratio requirements would add $1.1 billion to the deficit between 2013 and 2022.[11]

In November 30, 2011 Congressman Rogers introduced the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).[12] "The bill would allow the government to share all of its classified cyber-security knowledge with private companies, forming knowledge-sharing agreements that would hopefully keep China (and other countries and hackers) out of American computer networks. The catch is that the information shared is a two-lane street—companies would also be allowed to share private data with the federal government, provided there is a reasonable 'cyber threat.'"[13] "In the current version, most personal information would be stripped from data shared with the government, and the bill no longer defines intellectual property theft as something relating to national security "We think we're making huge progress with the privacy groups, so they understand what we're trying to accomplish, which isn't anything nefarious," Rogers said"[14]

Rogers has reaffirmed his support for the NSA's programs, stating on October 30, 2013, "You can't have your privacy violated if you don't know your privacy is violated."[15][16]

Rogers introduced and supported the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015 (H.R. 4681; 113th Congress), a bill that would authorize a variety of intelligence agencies and their appropriations for fiscal years 2014 and 2015.[17][18] The total spending authorized by the bill is classified, but estimates based on intelligence leaks made by Edward Snowden indicate that the budget could be approximately $50 billion.[19][20] Rogers said that members of Congress "have somehow decided over the last year that our intelligence services are the problem... they are part of the solution."[17]

In March 2014, Rogers announced he would not seek an 8th term in Congress.[21] He later launched "Something to Think About", a daily radio segment.[22] Former Michigan State Senator Mike Bishop won the Republican primary and defeated Democratic challenger Eric Schertzing.[23]

Committee assignments[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Rogers is the youngest of five sons. His father was a public school teacher-administrator-football coach and his mother was the director of a local Chamber of Commerce. Rogers' older brother Bill was a state representative in Michigan. He resides in Howell, Michigan. His wife, Kristi Rogers, previously served as the CEO and as a managing director of Aspen Healthcare Services, and now is a managing partner for Principal to Principal.


  1. ^"Congressional Record - 111th Congress (2009-2010) - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". 
  2. ^"Ex-Rep. Mike Rogers interviewed for FBI director". Detroit News. Retrieved 2017-05-22. 
  3. ^"Our Campaigns - MI State Senate 26 Race - Nov 03, 1998". 
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Mike Rogers at Hudson Institute talked about Clear and Present Danger: Confronting the Cyber Threat from China and Russia

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