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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. 

David December 04, 2012 at 06:56 PM
This is the most wonderful time of the year!
Christine Rea December 04, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Christmas came early for Cherokee County!
Mike Aborley December 04, 2012 at 07:36 PM
More vitriol...shocking...shameful
Jimmy FiveFingers December 04, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Late breaking news this afternoon revealed Chip Rogers' refusal to take off his tin foil hat in the Capitol led to his resignation. Sources also say despite his attempt to deflect attention away from his fascination with Agenda 21 by citing "more time with his family," those with any intelligence at all realized Chip's days were numbered as he became more goofy over time. Noted neurologists have revealed it is possible to avoid the calamitous influence of Agenda 21 by employing aluminum foil. Sources advise the following: proceed to the kitchen drawer where you keep the aluminum foil; tear a large piece of foil off the roll; fold it three times in a triangular-shape; then separate one of the folds and put it on your head. These steps should leave you with a pointy hat that will protect you from solar flares, radiation, electromagnetic energy, alien thought manipulation or anything else your paranoid, over-sensitive mind can conger up.
Holly Mackerell December 04, 2012 at 08:01 PM
thank goodness he defeated loser Beach first!
Schwanger Tee December 04, 2012 at 08:15 PM
The guy is a fraud and flake. I would not believe anything that comes out of his mouth. He should be kicked to the curb to make way for an honest hard working individual.
David December 04, 2012 at 08:16 PM
The 12 Ethical Issues of Chip 1) Hotel Deal 2) Threatening other public officials 3) Gerrymandering people out of their seats (while claiming to want to let the people decide) 4) Lies about gambling past 5) Senate Trust Fund ethics probe 6) Georgia World Congress Center Committee (nothing like free stuff) 7) Agenda 21 8) Manipulation of ballot wording 9) Can't play nice with School Board 10) Copyright infridgment of Georgia Colleges 11) T-SPLOST Flip Flop 12) Campaign manager arrested for violating election laws Cherokee County should CELEBRATE. Anybody But Chip.
Cheryl December 04, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Senate chamber doors are big and heavy, hope he feels them as they hit him an the arse as he walks out the door. Bu Bye!!
Amanda December 04, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Have any of you actually read Agenda 21?
Georgia Moderate December 05, 2012 at 12:47 AM
@Amanda, yes, I have. I don't have any problem with it.
patrick December 05, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Now he can spend more time with his real family, ALEC and the lobbyists. And he's claiming to be a broadcaster? He is the ultimate shape shifter. All that time in office and very little has been accomplished while much has been destroyed - he has left Georgia at the top of the categories you don't want to be in while at the bottom of the categories that really matter.
Ron December 05, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Since one of the standard Republican stances is to cut government funding for public radio and television can we assume that this is going to be a volunteer non paid position?
Charles Robertson December 05, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Thank you, Chip Rogers, for a decade of service to your community. Good luck on your future endeavors. I think we all (you included) would have preferred this had been resolved prior to an incredibly divisive, personal and vicious election where you personally walked 100 miles knocking on 5000 doors.
Leviathan Grin December 05, 2012 at 03:43 PM
This just in: illiterati and keyboard commandos team up online to say things they'd never say in public!
Lee Fleck December 05, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Thank you, Chip Rogers, for a decade of service to your community, as well as your commitment to meet with the public during each session to keep those truly interested informed of happenings under the gold dome. Good luck on your future endeavors.
Jimmy FiveFingers December 05, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Oh, we'd say it in public and have! Chip Rogers doesn't need any more public ridicule... almost everyone knows what a scumbag he is. What I find amazing is there is always someone willing to defend the indefensible. If he is such a "stand-up guy" why is he resigning? Don't tell us it is to "spend more time with his family." He knows if anyone does anymore digging, he may suffer more than humiliation.
Dean Sheridan December 05, 2012 at 07:59 PM
David - your forgot the most important #13 He was effective and dedicated; Cherokee County was well served and better off for it today. Something I can't say for brand. Your a true "Pip" Sir.
TheEnergyGuy - Jon LaMonte December 05, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Jimmy, Do you have some inside information that no one else has? Or are you just making these statements based on opinions that you pull out of your rear end? Have you ever sat down with Chip Rogers and had a conversation? Have you ever served in any position for which you had to be elected? Do you know anything about Chip personally? Do you know anything about his family? My guess is "NO" to all of these question. It's easy to sit back and make stupid and hateful comments about someone when no one knows who you are. Why don't you put your money where your mouth is and put your real name and contact info on your profile? Your comments suggest you lack the testicular fortitude.
Jimmy FiveFingers December 06, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Jon LaMonte: So, because you are 6’3” and think you have large testicles, you are willing to provoke people online and be stupid enough to expose your business and personal information in cyberspace? In an internet environment where people can disparage you, your family, and your business, I would think as a businessman you would be more careful. You have your opinion and I have mine. Just because you think you have large testicles does not make you right, or wrong… it’s an opinion, and we are each entitled to it. Public officials knowingly expose themselves to ridicule from a variety of interests. That is why they should operate above board, ethically, and with all of their constituents’ interests in mind. Chip Rogers’ damaged his reputation by associating himself with Agenda 21, a conspiracy theory propagated by the self-ascribed mental patient Glenn Beck. This is not the first controversy Rogers has been implicated in; it was however the one that terminated his viability as senator.
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 (Editor) 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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