By WILL WHATLEY, Alabama Daily News
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions U.S. Senate campaign is staffing up. John Rogers is leaving his role as communications director for the Alabama Senate Majority to join the Sessions campaign.
“Jeff Sessions is a principled leader, who has consistently stood strong for the conservative values that Alabamians believe in. I’m very excited to join his campaign,” Rogers said.
Alabama Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper) announced the departure of his communications director and policy advisor on Tuesday.
“John Rogers has been a trusted confidant since joining my office in 2015. 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,” Reed said. “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 is no stranger to campaign work. In 2017, he worked for former Chief Justice Roy Moore after Moore secured the nomination for U.S. Senate. Rogers later left the campaign after Moore was accused of multiple instances of sexual misconduct toward young women while he was in his 30s.
Reed wasn’t the only state senator to sing Rogers’ praises. Sen. Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville) and Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) both complimented Rogers for his work with Republicans in the Alabama Senate.
“John has been a consummate professional to work with at the Statehouse, and I hate to see him go. His policy knowledge and communications acumen and advice will be sorely missed,” Chambliss said.
“John has been invaluable in helping senators communicate effectively with constituents and media outlets in each district, and the state as a whole,” Orr added. “He has been a trusted advisor and an effective communicator. John leaves behind big shoes to fill.”
Rogers thanked Reed for the opportunity to work in his office and also 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. 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,” Rogers said. “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.”
A graduate of Coosa Christian School in Gadsden and Covenant College in Georgia, Rogers in 2014 successfully managed Phil Williams’ campaign for the Alabama Senate in one of the hardest-fought races of that cycle.