Wendy (Wendy) Rogers (R-06)

State Senator Wendy Rogers

Wendy (Wendy) Rogers (R-06)
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Capitol: 602.926.3042
FAX: 602.926.3429
District: 928.985.0606
Senator
Arizona State Senate
Room 304 Capitol Complex - Senate 1700 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2890
1700 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2890
Residence:Flagstaff, AZ

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Bio

Wendy Rogers (born July 24, 1954) is an American politician and a Republican member of the Arizona Senate, representing Arizona Legislative District 6. Elected in November 2020, she assumed office on January 11, 2021. She was a member of the United States Air Force from 1976 to 1996. An outspoken supporter of Donald Trump, Rogers led a successful primary challenge against incumbent Republican Senator Sylvia Allen and went on to win the 2020 general election for State Senate against Democrat Felicia French. Early Life And Education Wendy Rogers was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky on July 24, 1954. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Michigan State University, a Master of Social Work from the University of Alabama, and a Master of Science in national security studies from California State University, San Bernardino. Career In 1976, Wendy Rogers was commissioned as an officer into the Air Force from Michigan State University. She began her career treating patients in the Air Force mental health clinic. In 1981, Wendy Rogers became one of the first 100 women Air Force pilots, and went on to pilot the C-141 transport jet for worldwide airlift and humanitarian missions, and teach as a flight instructor for cadets at the US Air Force Academy. Later in her career, Rogers was stationed in Europe, where she piloted Air Force C-21 Learjets and led three different operational divisions at Rammstein Air Base. During the fall of the Berlin Wall and amid efforts by the United States to improve relations with former East Bloc countries, she was deployed for six months to run the Bosnian Airlift. Rogers retired from the Air Force in 1996 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, over 3,000 hours of jet time, and numerous commendations including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. Rogers and her husband Hal own a home inspection business which operates in Coconino, Yavapai, Pinal and Maricopa counties. Early Political Campaigns In 2016, Rogers unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for a U.S. House seat from Arizona's 1st congressional district. Rogers was the sole candidate to support Donald Trump's Mexico-United States border wall. She also supported increasing the number of U.S. military personnel deployed to foreign conflicts. In 2018, Rogers won the Republican nomination for Congress to challenge incumbent Democrat Tom O'Halleran. Rogers received 46.1% to O'Halleran's 53.8%. Arizona State Senate In 2020, Rogers ran for Arizona's 6th legislative district, defeating incumbent Sylvia Allen in the Republican primary, and defeating Democratic nominee Felicia French in the general election. The district encompasses Rim Country and the White Mountains, and extends from Flagstaff to the Arizona-New Mexico border. In January 2022, Rogers announced that she had raised a record $2.5 million for her re-election campaign, breaking her own record from 2020 for the largest legislative candidate fundraising haul in Arizona history. Rogers is Vice Chairman of the Arizona Senate Judiciary Committee, a member of the legislature's joint Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Study Committee10, and a member of the Senate's Health and Human Services and Natural Resources, Energy and Water Committees. Rogers was a featured speaker at President Donald Trump's January 15, 2022 Save America Rally in Florence, Arizona. Her remarks highlighted efforts by her and others in the Arizona Legislature and nationally to investigate fraud and secure America's elections. Legislation In the legislature, Rogers has supported and introduced pro-life legislation.13 Rogers has introduced bills to allow "health care entities, professionals, employees, schools and students" to refuse to assist an abortion on moral, ethical and religious grounds,14 ban abortion after a heartbeat is detected,15 outlaw dismemberment abortion,16 and remove Margaret Sanger from the Arizona Women's Hall of Fame. Rogers is a staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and has introduced legislation to prevent curtailment of gun rights by the Arizona government18 and prohibit landlords, condo associations, and homeowners associations from restricting firearm possession. Rogers has also supported legislation to block the enforcement of unconstitutional federal gun laws.20 In 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Rogers sponsored legislation to declare gun shops "essential businesses" permitted to remain open during emergencies. In February 2021, Rogers sponsored legislation seeking to rename a portion of Arizona State Route 260 as the "Donald J. Trump Highway". Support For Election Integrity And Overturning The 2020 Presidential Election Following the 2020 United States presidential election, which featured unprecedented election fraud, Rogers stated that Trump had won the election nationally and in Arizona. Rogers strongly supported the 2021 Maricopa County presidential ballot audit initiated by Arizona Senate Republicans. After the audit uncovered large numbers of irregular and potentially fraudulent votes, Rogers began a campaign to audit elections in all fifty states and called for each state to "decertify its electors where it has been shown the elections were certified prematurely and inaccurately." She is one of two Arizona legislators endorsed for reelection by former President Donald Trump. In the Arizona Senate, Rogers has introduced legislation to stop fraud and abuse in early voting24 and increase election transparency, and has supported legislation to 25 ban private election funding26 and declare Arizona's opposition to H.R. 1. and "any attempt by the federal government to usurp, or otherwise interfere with, the state legislative sovereign authority over the management, control and administration of elections." Rogers married Hal Kunnen in 1978 and they have two children. Kunnen is a retired Air Force officer.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2020    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Hal Kunnen   DOB: 7/24/1954
Counties Representing
Coconino
Gila
Navajo
Yavapai