Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, plans to retire from Congress after his current term to host a national radio show syndicated by Cumulus Media, he announced Friday.
Rogers, 50, made the announcement in a statement and during interviews on Michigan radio stations Friday morning.
"I have always believed in our founders' idea of a citizen legislature," he said in his statement. "I had a career before politics and always planned to have one after. The genius of our institutions is they are not dependent on the individual temporary occupants privileged to serve."
Lew Dickey, the CEO of Cumulus, said, "We are thrilled to have Chairman Rogers join our team. He has been instrumental helping to shape many of the most important issues and events of our time and will play a significant role in our expanding content platform."
Mike Rogers turned down a request to run for U.S. Senate last year stating that he position as
Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence was to important to give up.
Although still early names being mentioned to replace Mike Rogers include former Michigan Senate Majority leader Mike Bishop, former appointed National Committeeman Saul Anuzis and current State Representative Tom McMillin who is termed out and running for State Senate.
Cumulus own 460 radio stations nationwide and syndicates its programming to thousands more.
In joining Cumulus, Rogers will work for a radio network that already syndicates programs from some of the medium's biggest draws, including Don Imus, Mark Levin, Carson Daly, Michael Savage and Mike Huckabee.