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Jim Rogers (Oklahoma politician)

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Jim Rogers
Personal details
Jimmie Hugh Rogers

(1935-03-25)March 25, 1935
Atoka County, Oklahoma, U.S.
DiedNovember 11, 2014(2014-11-11) (aged 79)
Durant, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materOklahoma Baptist University
University of Wyoming

Jimmie Hugh Rogers Sr. (March 25, 1935 – November 11, 2014) was an American perennial political candidate.[1][2] He ran for various offices and in 2010 was the Democratic Party nominee for the United States Senate in Oklahoma in a race against incumbent Senator Tom Coburn.

Rogers was noted for being highly protective of his privacy. He rarely spoke to the media and repeatedly declined to participate in debates.[3] While revealing that his top priorities as a candidate were to stop the outsourcing of jobs overseas and rein in the national debt, he did not generally make his political positions known.[3] While citing his experience as a professor at several different universities, Rogers often refused to publicly disclose which ones he taught at. Rogers would later disclose that he taught at several colleges, including Seminole State College, Connors State College and Langston University. Spokeswomen at all three schools confirmed he had taught there.[2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Rogers was born in Atoka County, Oklahoma in 1935.[4] He earned an undergraduate degree at Oklahoma Baptist University and a master's degree from the University of Wyoming.[4][5]

Political candidacies[edit]

Rogers unsuccessfully sought the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination in 2002, 2004 and 2008.[4] In the 2008 primary race, he received 40% of the vote against State Senator Andrew Rice, whose campaign was substantially funded.[4]

In 2006, he made an unsuccessful bid for Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma.[4]

2010 Senate election[edit]

After spending little money and doing very little campaigning, Rogers won the Oklahoma Democratic senatorial primary against Mark Myles, getting 65% of the vote.[6] In the general election, incumbent Senator Tom Coburn was reelected to his Senate seat, winning 71% of the vote vs. 26% for Rogers.[7]

Presidential primaries[edit]

Rogers was on the ballot in the Oklahoma Democratic presidential primary in 2008,[3] where he received nearly 4000 votes and placed fifth in a slate of seven candidates.[8] He was on the ballot in the 2012 Oklahoma Democratic presidential primary [9] and received 15,540 votes which totaled 14% of the vote total, just short of the minimum 15% needed to earn delegates.[10]

2014 Senate election[edit]

Rogers was a candidate in the 2014 special election to replace retiring US Senator Tom Coburn. He advanced to a runoff election with State Senator Connie Johnson for the Democratic nomination, but was defeated. This would be his final race.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Rogers was married once and divorced. Prior to the divorce, he and his wife had one son. For much of his adult life, he was a resident of Midwest City, Oklahoma.[5][12] Rogers was a Southern Baptist[4] who was once ordained in a small church in rural Oklahoma, where he briefly served as pastor.[12]


Rogers died November 11, 2014 at the age of 79.[12]


  1. Argo, Burnis (September 6, 1985). "Teacher Under Cimarron Spell". The Oklahoman. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bisbee, Julie (August 2, 2010). "Perennial candidate Jim Rogers is Dems' Senate nominee". Tulsa World. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Oklahoma Senate Candidate Jim Rogers Has a Name -- but Not Much Else". Politics Daily. October 26, 2010. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 "2012 Oklahoma Senate Candidates: Jim Rogers". TownHall.com. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Hales, Donna (July 25, 2004). "U.S. Senate bios". Muskogee Phoenix. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  6. Bisbee, Julie (August 1, 2010). "Oklahoma elections: Democratic outsider challenges Coburn for Senate". The Okalohoman. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  7. "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2007-07-25.
  8. "Presidential Preferential Primary Election". OKLAHOMA STATE ELECTION BOARD. February 5, 2008. Archived from the original on February 8, 2008. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  9. McNutt, Michael (December 7, 2011). "Oklahoman among hopefuls to run against President Obama". The Oklahoman. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  10. Dinan, Stephen (March 7, 2012). "Obama renomination won't be unanimous". The Washington Times. Retrieved March 7, 2012.
  11. "Lankford Wins GOP Nod In U.S. Senate, Faces Dems Johnson Or Rogers, Independent Beard". KGOU. AP. June 24, 2014.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 "JIMMIE HUGH ROGERS, SR. March 25, 1935 - November 11, 2014". Brownsfuneralserviceatokaok.com. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Brad Carson
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Oklahoma
(Class 3)

Succeeded by
Constance Johnson

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