Republican Rep. Mike Rogers has represented Alabama’s 3rd Congressional District since 2003 and has served on the House Armed Services Committee for his entire 18 years in Congress. With the retirement of Texas Rep. Mac Thornberry last term, Rogers is now the top Republican on the committee, which plays a key role in setting defense policy and spending priorities. He spoke to the Washington Examiner’s Jamie McIntyre recently about his expectations for the 117th Congress.
[This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity]
Washington Examiner: You’re assuming a leadership role at a time when the Congress, even your party, is more divided than any time in recent memory, yet you are on the one committee that has a reputation for being able to bridge partisan differences in the name of national defense. How do you see your relationship with Chairman Adam Smith? Is he the kind of Democrat you can work with?
Mike Rogers: Yes.