Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) will not run for the Senate in 2014, he announced Friday morning, dealing a setback -- albeit an expected one -- to the GOP's chances of picking up the Wolverine State's open seat.
"I am truly humbled by the encouragement I have had to run for the United States Senate," Rogers said in an e-mail to supporters. "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. For me, the significance and depth of the impact I can make on my constituent's behalf far outweighs the perceived importance of any title I might hold."
Rogers has been mulling a run for months, but signs emerged in recent weeks that he would not enter the race. His brother said in a recent interview that he didn't expect the congressman to run. The National Republican Senatorial Committee has not met with him recently. And Rogers would be giving up a plum perch as chair of the House Intelligence Committee if he ran for the Senate -- a position that affords him increased prominence considering the recent revelations about the National Security Agency's sweeping surveillance efforts
Rogers's credentials and political profile would have made him a strong GOP contender. With the congressman out of the picture, former secretary of state Terri Lynn Land has the GOP field to herself for now. One big remaining question mark is whether libertarian-leaning Rep. Justin Amash (R) will enter the race.
On the Democratic side, Rep. Gary Peters (D), a top recruit, is expected to cruise to the Democratic nomination.
Rogers signaled his intention not to meddle in the GOP primary.
"Once the Senate primary has concluded, I look forward to doing everything I can to elect a Republican U.S. Senator from Michigan who will work to keep Michigan moving forward and help us get a handle on out-of-control Washington spending and debt," he said.