Roll Call- House Republicans Entrust Majority to Rogers at NRCC

by Nathan Gonzales | January 10, 2017
Midterm elections are supposed to be trouble for the president’s party, but House Republicans are confident that if they have a problem, John Rogers can solve it.

Midterm elections are supposed to be trouble for the president’s party, but House Republicans are confident that if they have a problem, John Rogers can solve it.

Rogers was born in Amsterdam, New York, a small-town about a half-hour west of Albany, but Republican friends know him best for once identifying an unlikely takeover opportunity three hours south in New York City.

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Rogers, who recently turned 40, is starting his fourth cycle at the National Republican Congressional Committee, but his first as executive director. He was part of the NRCC team that raised and spent over $150 million last cycle and exceeded expectations by limiting losses to a net of six seats. 
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“Hiring Northeast Republican operatives is tricky because you usually can’t judge them by their number of wins,” said then-outgoing Northeast regional political director Brock McCleary who was part of the team looking at Rogers to fill his NRCC position. “He wasn’t a terribly known commodity,” remembered McCleary, now a Pennsylvania-based pollster. “But he was a guy who got the job in the interview.” 

Rogers wasn’t sure what to make of the seven-minute interview with McCleary and then-political director Mike Shields that cost him $400 in travel expenses. He was eventually offered the job and it wasn’t long before he made his mark. 

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