At a Glance
- Career History: Attorney (1991-2002); Alabama House of Representatives (1994-2002); Minority Leader, Alabama House of Representatives (1998-2000); Calhoun County Commission (1986-1990)
- Birthday: July 16, 1958
- Hometown: Anniston, Ala., Hammond, Ind. (birthplace)
- Alma Mater: Jacksonville State University, B.A. (1981), M.P.A. (1984); Birmingham School of Law, J.D. (1991)
- Spouse: Elizabeth
- Religion: Baptist
- Committees: Agriculture ; Armed Services ; Homeland Security
- DC Office: 324 Cannon House Office Building, 202-225-3261
Path To Power
Born in 1958 in Hammond, Ind., Rogers is a fifth-generation resident of Alabama's Calhoun County where he was raised the son of a textile worker and a firefighter.
Rogers earned his bachelor's and public affairs degrees from Jacksonville State University before entering politics. In 1986, Rogers was elected the first Republican commissioner of Calhoun County. "I was going to be honest with who I was, even if it made it more difficult," said Rogers about his decision to spurn the "big government" Democrats.
Rogers is a self-professed moderate Republican. During the 111th Congress, he voted with the majority of his party 92.4 percent of the time.
While Rogers positioned himself early as a critic of free-trade policies, he voted in favor of the Central American Free Trade Agreement in 2005 after protections for textile makers were guaranteed. Rogers was later critical of free-trade agreements being negotiated with other nations, including Vietnam, Haiti and parts of Africa.
During the 2010 elections, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) donated to the local judgeship campaign of Rogers' wife, Beth.