Detroit News: Rogers endorses Mike Bishop in 8th Congressional District race

Former Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop has been endorsed by U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers to fill the congressman’s seat in Michigan’s 8th Congressional District.

Rogers — the Howell Republican who recently announced his retirement from the House at the end of his term — released his endorsement Monday morning, calling Bishop “the right conservative for the 8th District.”

“Bishop will stand up to liberal policies of the Obama administration, just like he stood up and fought for us against the liberal polices of the Granholm administration,” Rogers said.

Bishop is the former Majority Leader of the Michigan Senate. Bishop is currently chief legal officer for International Bancard Corp. and is also an adjunct professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law. The Republican lives in Rochester with his wife, Cristina, and their three children.

The 8th Congressional District consists of all of Clinton, Ingham, Livingston counties and portions of Shiawassee and Oakland counties.

Bishop said he was “honored” to receive Rogers’ endorsement.

“No one will fill his shoes, but if elected, I will do my best to serve the district to the very best of my ability,” Bishop said. “I am so proud to have Mike as a supporter and a friend.”

The filing deadline for the 8th District race is April 22 for candidates to turn in at least 1,000 valid petition signatures.

First elected to the House in 2000, Rogers was named chair of the House Intelligence Committee in 2011. Rogers’ decision not to seek re-election for a seat he’s held since 2001 so that he can host a national radio program in January 2015 prompted plenty of politicians on both sides of the aisle to consider a run for Congress.

The other declared Republican in the race, Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett, has been endorsed by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. State Sen. Joe Hune, a Republican from Livingston County, also could still join the race.

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum, D-Onondaga, recently returned from Washington, D.C., after a jam-packed schedule of meetings with Democratic groups and congressional leaders about a potential bid. She is expected to make her decision soon; Democratic leaders consider her their best hope to flip the seat compared with previously announced candidates Susan Grettenberger, a Central Michigan University associate professor, and former state demographer Ken Darga.

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