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(WLNS) - One local political observer says Congressman Mike Rogers' announcement that he is not running for re-election was a shocker.
"A shocker, I think everybody was surprised. I think nobody saw this coming", said Bill Ballenger with "Inside Michigan Politics".
Ballenger says the decision could effect the state's political power especially after Senator Carl Levin and the longest serving congressman in US history John Dingell announced their retirement.
Ballenger adds, "Serving in the Congress revolves around seniority to a great extent, you know it's going to make us less effective I think as a delegation, I think we're going to have less clout".
But Ballenger says since the 8th District spans Oakland, Ingham and Livingston counties there could have lots of Republican options for filling Rogers' shoes.
In Livingston County Ballenger wouldn't be surprised to see Senator Joe Hune or Mike Rogers' brother, State Representative Bill Rogers throw their names in the hat.
Ballanger says Ingham County clerk Barb Byrum could be the Democratic front runner.
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