The Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, showered praise on Rep. Mike Rogers on March 28, shortly after the Michigan congressman announced he would not seek re-election to an eighth term.
“I spoke with Rep. Rogers today and thanked him, on behalf of the entire Intelligence Community, for his outstanding leadership and oversight as the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence since 2011,” said Clapper in a prepared statement.
With nearly 30 years of distinguished public service as an Army officer, an FBI special agent, a member of the Michigan State Senate and as a seven-term member of Congress, Chairman Rogers has served our nation with distinction, Clapper noted.
“I have always appreciated his deep commitment to ensuring the brave men and women of our intelligence agencies have the resources and authorities necessary to protect our nation,” the DNI continued. “Chairman Rogers is a leading advocate for strengthening protections against cyber threats to our critical infrastructure, industry and commerce. His ability to work in a bi-partisan way with his House and Senate counterparts ensures the passage of important legislation under the Intelligence Authorization Acts and helps strengthen oversight measures and safeguard our nation’s interests.
“His departure will be a loss for the Intelligence Community, but in the remaining months of his tenure,” Clapper concluded. “I look forward to continuing to work closely with Chairman Rogers on the myriad challenges facing the Intelligence Community and our nation.”