Rogers Not Running for Senate
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., walks to a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 26, 2013, with Secretary of State John Kerry as he and national intelligence advisers came to the Capitol to update members of the House on Syria's alleged use of poisonous gas in its ongoing civil war. U.S. intelligence has concluded with "varying degrees of confidence," that the Syrian government has twice used chemical weapons in its fierce civil war, the White House and other top administration officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Photo: Image by AP
U.S. Representative Mike Rogers will not run for the U.S. Senate.
The official announcement came in an email from Rogers to his constituents and supporters Friday morning.
"I am truly humbled by the encouragement I have had to run for the United States Senate," Rogers said in the statement. "After careful and thorough deliberation and long talks with my family, friends and supporters, I have determined that the best way for me to continue to have a direct impact for my constituents and the nation is to remain in the House of Representatives."
Rogers holds a leadership position in House. He is the powerful chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
The rare Senate vacancy will be created with the retirement of Michigan Democrat Carl Levin.
So far, U.S. Representative Gary Peters, a Bloomfield Township Democrat, has announced his intention to run.
Former Republican Secretary of State Terry Lynn Land has also said she's in the race.