Roll Call‘s Steven Dennis points out that Mike Rogers’ retirement is going to be a loss not just for the Republican caucus, but also for the Sunday show circuit. There will certainly be a lot of free air-time to fill once Rogers is out of the picture:
Rogers, who will become a radio talk show host, had become in some ways the face of the intelligence community on television, racking up more Sunday show appearances than any other member of Congress each of the last two years. The telegenic former FBI agent repeatedly defended the National Security Agency against attacks following the avalanche of leaks by Edward Snowden, often taking a harder line than the White House.
According to Roll Call‘s Face Time feature, which tallies the Sunday show appearances of Members of Congress, Rogers took to the Sunday airwaves 26 times last year -mostly on CBS and CNN. That was once more than even John McCain managed that year. McCain was the most visible lawmaker of 2012, and the runner up in 2013.