Alabama (District: 3)
Michael Dennis “Mike” Rogers (born July 16, 1958), is the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives">U.S. Representative for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alabama%27s_3rd_congressional_district">Alabama’s 3rd congressional district, serving since 2003. He is a member of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Party_(United_States)">Republican Party.
Except on spending, where he earned the dubious title of “April 2012 Porker of the Month” and only a 23% rating from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizens_Against_Government_Waste">Citizens Against Government Waste Rogers has a solidly conservative voting record[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Avoid_weasel_words">according to whom?]. He notably dissented with the Morocco free trade agreement due to potential job losses in the Alabama textile industry. On social issues Rogers has voted very conservatively, with vehement opposition to abortion, gay marriage and immigration. However, he has acted to protect the armed services industry in his area. On the Armed Services Committee, he opposed a new series of military base closures and won passage of a bill that would assure that universities would provide access to their facilities for military recruitment purposes and ROTC. Despite this, in 2008, he received a rating of 50% from the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Conservative_Union">American Conservative Union, one of the most moderate voting records of a Southern Republican for that year.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_D._Rogers#cite_note-4">
Rogers was a recipient of former http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Majority_Leader_of_the_United_States_House_of_Representatives">House Majority Leader http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_DeLay">Tom DeLay‘s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARMPAC">ARMPAC campaign contributions. DeLay was prosecuted and convicted on charges of felony money laundering of campaign finances and conspiracy to launder money. To date, Rogers has not offered to return any of the $30,000 he received. Rogers said that DeLay is innocent until proven guilty, and that he would not return the money “while the judicial process runs its course.”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_D._Rogers#cite_note-6">
After the Democratic Party took control of the House of Representatives in the 2006 elections, Rogers joined many relatively junior Republican members of the House in seeing their perceived influence diminish. Knowlegis, a nonpartisan lobbying information firm, dropped Rogers from being ranked as the 138th most influential Representative to being 402nd in that category.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_D._Rogers#cite_note-7">
Rogers is a signer of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Americans_for_Tax_Reform#Taxpayer_Protection_Pledge">Americans for Tax Reform’s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxpayer_Protection_Pledge">Taxpayer Protection Pledge.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_D._Rogers#cite_note-ATR-8">
Rogers supported an amendment to declare that people retain the right to pray and to recognize their religious beliefs, heritage, and traditions on public property, including schools. He cosponsored legislation to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States. Rogers sponsored a bill expressing the continued support of Congress for equal access of military recruiters to institutions of higher education. He also introduced legislation making it illegal to satirize or in any way parody the Transportation Security Administration.