David Yates Apr. 8, 2014, 1:51pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - On Monday morning, U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, a Republican from Michigan who recently announced his retirement, endorsed Mike Bishop, the former state Senate majority leader, to fill his spot in Congress.

In the race for Michigan's 8th Congressional District, Bishop faces competition from fellow Republican Bryan Barnett, mayor of Rochester Hills.

"Mike Bishop is the right conservative for the 8th District," Rogers said in a Monday news release. "Bishop will stand up to liberal policies of the Obama administration."

In his statement, Rogers says Congress is about representing constituents and governing.

"Of these two priorities, I know no better candidate than Mike Bishop," Rogers said. "His conservative principles and leadership qualities will represent the 8th District well and his extensive experience in handling the most difficult governing decisions will serve us well too."

The Democrats who have stepped forward so far to challenge for the seat are Susan Grettenberger and Ken Darga.

On April 4, Jeremy Burgess, an Independent, announced his candidacy.

"Like many Americans, I feel that Congress has not gotten the job done and I think it is time to make some changes," Burgess said in a press release.

The Michigan primary is Aug. 5.

From Legal Newsline: Reach David Yates at elections@legalnewsline.com

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