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Posted at 1:22 PM ET, 12/15/2010

Michigan's Mike Rogers to chair House Intelligence Committee

By Felicia Sonmez

House Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio) has tapped Michigan Republican Rep. Mike Rogers to chair the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Boehner's office announced Wednesday.

Rogers, a former FBI agent and U.S. Army officer, bested Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) for the top spot on the committee. The move marks the second time this year that a Michigander has edged out a Texan in a chairmanship bid; earlier this month, Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) won out over Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) and several other contenders for the Energy and Commerce Committee gavel. In addition, Michigan Republican Rep. Dave Camp will chair the House Ways and Means Committee.

In a statement, Boehner said that Rogers' "experience and expertise has proven invaluable" throughout his time on the committee.

"It is incumbent upon the Intelligence Committee to ensure that Congress and the Obama Administration are supporting our intelligence professionals and providing them with the resources and authorities they need to keep America safe, and I look forward to working with Mike in his new role as Chairman," Boehner said.

Boehner also announced that he is backing Thornberry to serve as vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and also lead a new cross-committee initiative on cybersecurity.

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 15, 2010; 1:22 PM ET
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