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John Rogers leaving the majority leader’s office to join Jeff Sessions’ Senate campaign

Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions (Glenn Fawcett)

Tuesday, Alabama State Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed, R-Jasper, announced that John Rogers, the office’s long-time Communications Director and Policy Advisor, will be leaving the Majority Leader’s Office at the end of the week to join former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ (R) campaign for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Doug Jones (D).

“John Rogers has been a trusted confidant since joining my office in 2015,” Reed said. “He has done an outstanding job directing the communications and policy strategy for my office, and has built strong relationships with every senator in the Republican Caucus. John is talented, deeply principled, and extraordinarily hard-working. He played a key role in advancing landmark conservative policy solutions like this year’s campus free speech bill. I wish him the very best moving forward.”

Rogers thanked Reed for the opportunity to work in the Majority Leader’s Office and with the Senate Republican Caucus.

“It has been a great honor to work alongside Majority Leader Reed and our entire team for the past four years,” Rogers said. “The conservative policy wins that Republicans in the Legislature have achieved are remarkable: defending the sanctity of life, reducing regulations on the private sector to help bring about the lowest unemployment rate in Alabama’s history, and passing one of the strongest laws in the nation to protect free speech on college campuses.”

“It has been a privilege to work for such a principled and effective leader in Senator Reed, as well as serve each member of the Republican Caucus,” Rogers added.

Senator Clyde Chambliss, R-Prattville, who serves as Majority Floor Leader, also commended Rogers.

“John has been a consummate professional to work with at the Statehouse, and I hate to see him go,” Chambliss said. “His policy knowledge and communications acumen and advice will be sorely missed.”

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Senator Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, is the Chairman of the Senate Finance and Taxation education budget committee. He said that Rogers was a key contributor on the Senate Republicans’ team.

“John has been invaluable in helping senators communicate effectively with constituents and media outlets in each district, and the state as a whole,” Sen. Orr said. “He has been a trusted advisor and an effective communicator. John leaves behind big shoes to fill.”

Rogers left the office briefly in 2017 to work for Roy Moore’s Senate campaign, but left before the general election vote.

Jeff Sessions served as U.S. Senator from 1997 until 2017 when he left to be President Donald Trump’s (R) Attorney General. Sessions is running for his fifth term representing Alabama in the U.S. Senate.

Republicans have held a supermajority in the Alabama Senate since 2010 after 135 years of Democratic Party rule.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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