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Chip Rogers To Step Down From Senate

Rogers recently also decided not to seek re-election as senate majority leader.

One of the state's most prominent Republican politicians is slated to step down from the Georgia Senate.

State Senator Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) has announced his resignation from the Georgia Senate. The senator will formally step down on Wednesday from the position he's held since 2004.

Rogers, 44, said in a statement he plans to accept a position with Georgia Public Broadcasting.

"The opportunity to help lead Georgia Public Broadcasting is like a dream come true in many respects," he said. "The incredible team put together by Director (Teya) Ryan is among the best in broadcasting. I really look forward to joining their efforts."  

GPB is launching a new initiative in which it will "facilitate coverage of economic development and jobs in Georgia," according to a press release from Rogers' office.

Rogers will spearhead the initiative with a statewide, weekly radio program that will examine "current economic development trends and highlighting companies that are growing and creating jobs."

"I am honored by this incredible opportunity," Rogers added. "Much of my career has been spent in broadcasting and helping my constituents. This melds both my passions. I look forward to creating programming on GPB that will move our great state of Georgia forward by helping connect Georgians to jobs." 

Rogers' decision comes weeks just after he decided not to seek re-election to the senate majority leader post.

Rogers, who said the toll of the majority leader post was "taking too much from my family," instead endorsed State Sen. Ronnie Chance of Tyrone. 

Rogers recently came under fire for a meeting he organized in which Georgia senate Republican leaders were briefed on Agenda 21.

Agenda 21, a United Nations comprehensive plan for sustainable development, has been coined by some conservatives as a plan by the government to overtake private property through zoning and detailed land-use ordinances passed by governing bodies.

Rogers, who has a career in radio broadcasting, was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2002 and then to the Georgia Senate since 2004. He was first elected as majority leader in November 2008. He and wife Amy live in southeast Cherokee and have four children. 

Rogers is best known for his advocacy of tax reform and an avid proponent of charter schools. He was one of the most vocal proponents of the constitutional amendment that would establish a state commission to approve charter schools, which voters approved during the Nov. 6 election. 

No official announcement about replacing Rogers has been announced, but Cherokee County Commission Chairman Buzz Ahrens said during the commission's work session that Gov. Nathan Deal has scheduled a special election in January. 

Jimmy FiveFingers December 06, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Jon LaMonte: (Cont'd.) If you want to support someone I feel is unethical, and whose sanity I question, that is your right. That said, my opinion is as valid as yours is; I am simply not stupid enough to expose myself to the crazies online that can inflict damage to my business and personal reputation, with or without cause. Much like Chick-fil-A, Papa John’s, Denny’s, Westgate Resorts, Darden Restaurants, etc., when you make publicly identifiable statements you open yourself, your family and your business to PUBLIC ridicule by those with differing opinions. When you provoke someone online, you cannot be sure that person is not a customer, associate, friend or relative. Obviously, if I have occasion to require the services of a company like Efficient Energy Solutions, LLC, I will not be seeking your services and will go out of my way to steer others away. By the way, the days of men sitting around measuring their testicles, jousting and dueling are over. “I was angry with my friend: I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe: I told it not, my wrath did grow” (William Blake).
Kristal Dixon December 06, 2012 at 06:20 PM
I want to remind everyone to please refrain from making personal attacks other commenters. Thanks!
marsha varnadoe December 06, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Good riddance!!!! Anyone who thinks he deserves thanks for public service should check the definition. He only serves himself and his interests!
TheEnergyGuy - Jon LaMonte December 07, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Jimmy, You are correct in the fact that everyone has the right to to express his or her own opinion. There is a difference between expressing your opinion and being malicious and hateful. I don't believe that calling someone a "scumbag" is a valid expression of opinion. I strongly believe that if people were required to put their real names and info down before they made such hateful and malicious statements that we would see a lot less of them. So if you feel the need to try and ruin a person's business for calling out someone for making anonymous hateful and malicious statements about another human being, that is your choice. I was only expressing my opinion. For those others reading this, I apologize for referring to someone's testicles, I should have used the term "courage". And I too will end with a quote: "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you." (Mathew 7:12)
Jimmy FiveFingers December 08, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Jon: So, "YOU don't believe...". According to Merriam-Webster, scumbag, as a synonym for despicable, is a perfectly “valid expression of opinion” for Chip Rogers. Definition of scumbag: slang : a dirty or “despicable” person "Scumbag." Merriam-Webster Online. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 12 Oct. 2008. The Chip Rogers I formerly respected did not get involved in partisan politics and a wide variety of SHENANIGANS. See David's post above for a list that sums up Rogers’ fall from grace. Most of us on this post find Chip Rogers “despicable.” We can banter about this back and forth unending. My dispute with you is not about your support of Rogers; it is about your chastisement of my opinion because “YOU” feel it is invalid. That, coupled with your street vernacular, sincerely annoys me. That said, I am in awe of your internet naiveté. Given the wide reach of the internet, and who has access to it, all rational internet users acknowledge the risks of publicly identifying themselves and avoid doing so for a vast array of reasons. How many customers may you have in the area that disagree with your defense of Rogers and may hold you accountable for it? In this age of vehement partisan politics, is it wise to put yourself and your business “out there” for scrutiny in a volatile environment? I sure would not, and most of these commenters do not. My lesson on free speech, synonyms and internet security is over.

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