LET IT BE KNOWN, that it is with great respect and admiration that we honor First Lieutenant Mike Rogers, U.S. Army, upon his induction into the Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor. Rogers military service included the Cold War and indeed, his contribution to his country’s defense is an example to which all citizens should aspire.
Mike Rogers, was born in Howell, Michigan on June 2, 1963, to parents who instilled in him the value of hard work and public service. He graduated from Howell High School in 1981 and earned a BS degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Adrian College in 1985.
His service to the country began in 1985 when he joined the United States Army as a commissioned officer, developing leadership traits that led to his future success. He went on to command the Forward Maintenance Company, 7th Infantry Divisions while stationed at Fort Ord, California. After concluding his service in the Army, he went on to become an FBI Special Agent in Chicago fighting public corruption and organized crime.
Mike Rogers went on to public service in elected office by representing the 26th District in the Michigan Senate from 1995 – 2000 and served as the Senate Majority Floor Leader. He then went on to serve once more, but this time at the national level. He was elected to Michigan’s 8th district (2001-2015) in the U.S. House of Representatives where he chaired the powerful House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) and was a member of the Energy and Commerce panel, Mike built a legacy as a tireless and effective leader on counterterrorism and national security policy, as well as being active on healthcare, telecommunications, and automotive issues. As chairman of HPSCI, he authorized and oversaw a budget of $70 billion that provided funding to the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies. Rogers was a prominent leader on cybersecurity in the United States Congress during his service, shepherding multiple cybersecurity bills through the House of Representatives and is a highly sought-after national expert on cyber policy.
Mike has worked with two presidents, Congressional leadership, and countless foreign leaders, diplomats, and intelligence professionals to ensure the brave men and women who fight for our nation are equipped with the resources necessary to get the job done. Washington Post columnist David Ignatius remarked, Mike was “a rare example of bipartisanship.” Retiring from elected public service, he continues his service to his country by serving as the founder of the Mike Rogers Center for Intelligence & Global Affairs, Mike is a family man married to Kristi and has two children, a daughter, and a son.
RESOLVED BY THE MICHIGAN LEGISLATURE, That we honor and commemorate the public service, dedication, and personal sacrifice of former First Lieutenant and former Congressman Mike Rogers. His selfless service and commitment to his state and nation for the preservation of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans must never be forgotten. Mike Rogers embraced the essence of American public service and should be recognized as a role model by all individuals.
IN SPECIAL TRIBUTE, Therefore, this document is signed and dedicated to honor First Lieutenant Rogers for his exemplary service to the United States of America, and to commemorate his induction into the Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor.