Aaron Sheinin and Kristina Torres of the AJC confirmed our rumors from this morning. Now it appears Rogers is doing interveiws to explain his move. Here’s one with Walter Jones that has the details from Rogers’ own mouth:
Gov. Nathan Deal personally offered him a new position working under the state agency’s director Teya Ryan. Deal made the offer before Rogers released a statement last month saying he would not run for re-election as the leader of the Republicans in the Senate.
“When the idea of leaving the Senate came up, it was something I had never considered,” Rogers, R-Woodstock, said in an interview with Morris News.
Rogers’ career is in broadcasting. He once owned a radio station and said Tuesday that he was in a position where he didn’t need to work. He accepted the position, he said, because it gives him time with his three children while returning to broadcasting to oversee a new initiative at the state’s radio and television network focused on jobs and education.
Senator Rogers has now released the following statement:
ATLANTA (December 4, 2012) – Sen. Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) has released the following statement regarding his decision to step down from the Georgia State Senate to accept a position with Georgia Public Broadcasting:
“The opportunity to help lead Georgia Public Broadcasting is like a dream come true in many respects. The incredible team put together by Director Ryan is among the best in broadcasting. I really look forward to joining their efforts.”
Earlier today, Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) announced a new programming initiative that will examine current economic development trends and spotlight job creating companies throughout the state.
The full text of GPB’s press release:
GPB Announces New Programming Covering Economic Development
Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB Media) announced today that it is creating a new programming initiative designed to facilitate coverage of economic development and jobs in Georgia. GPB will use its statewide reach and multiple platforms to create programming that will aggregate job opportunities, job growth areas and career counseling.
State Sen. Chip Rogers of Woodstock has announced that he is resigning his Senate seat to accept a position at GPB spearheading this initiative beginning with a statewide weekly radio program examining current economic development trends and highlighting companies that are growing and creating jobs.
“GPB has a long history of serving Georgians with programming that is relevant to career and consumer issues, said Nancy Zintak, Vice President of Marketing and Communications of GPB. “We have long wanted to create a forum for our communities to learn about jobs in Georgia and areas of growth around the state.”
The initiative will begin in January of 2013, and the radio program will debut in spring of 2013.
“I am honored by this incredible opportunity,” Rogers said. “Much of my career has been spent in broadcasting and helping my constituents. This melds both my passions. I look forward to creating programming on GPB that will move our great state of Georgia forward by helping connect Georgians to jobs.”
Rogers will be stepping down from the Georgia General Assembly on December 5, where he has served since 2002. Rogers and his wife, Amy, have four children and reside in Woodstock, Georgia.