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Former Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop in the running to replace Congressman Mike Rogers


LANSING (WKZO) -- Former Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop leads the pack of possible replacements for the retiring Congressman Mike Rogers. Rogers will be stepping down at the end of this term to do a national radio show, and Bishop confirmed that he'll be running to take over in the Eighth District this week. He says that there's a lot of work to do in Washington.

"The idea that we have a 17.6 trillion dollar budget debt, and we have a two trillion dollar budget deficit is just insanity to me," Bishop said. "This goes far beyond the idea of politics. This is about responsible government."

A recent poll showed Bishop with 23 percent of the vote to replace Congressman Rogers in the Eighth District, which includes Clinton, Ingham, and Livingston Counties, as well as parts of Shiawassee and Oakland Counties. That gave him the lead in the district, with most voters undecided. Another candidate to replace Rogers is Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett.