Meet Wendy

I am a proud Republican running for Congress because I made a promise. I made a promise to my father that I would change this country back to what it once was – a land of values and integrity. I am not a politician or career bureaucrat. I am a wife, mother, retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and a start-up small business owner. And I’ll make this promise to the people of Arizona – I will fight to repeal Obamacare, replacing it with free market solutions; I will cut spending and debt; I will get government out of the way of small businesses; and I will pass a balanced budget amendment

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Wendy Rogers Raised Over $138K in the Second Quarter of 2014

More than $380K Cash on Hand

Tempe - Today Lt Col Wendy Rogers (ret), Republican candidate for Congress (AZ-9) reported her campaign raised $138,367.90 during the 2nd quarter on her financial report. This helped increase her total cash on hand to $387,346.69.

“We have picked up astounding momentum. Everywhere I travel, volunteers clamor to get onboard. More and more supporters drop into campaign headquarters on a daily basis to get involved, because they not only want to be a part of something special, but also a refreshingly well organized campaign.” says Rogers. “Our campaign indeed is remarkable. Over 1,300 people have donated to us. We cherish that. I honor every donation we’ve received,” Rogers continued.

Building on amazing success from prior quarters, Wendy Rogers has continued to amass resources and endorsements needed to win the seat. The Republican primary election for Congressional District 9 will be held on August 26th, 2014.

A 5th-generation military officer, Lt Col Wendy Rogers (ret) spent her career serving her country as one of the first 100 women pilots in the Air Force. For the past 17 years, she and her husband have met payroll as job creators in their own business, have raised two children, and now have two grandchildren.


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Wendy Rogers Makes List of GOP Women With Party’s Support

Our efforts to defeat Kyrsten Sinema are attracting national notice. Listen to the audio to learn more now!

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Republicans Circulate List of Top Female House Candidates

Via Roll Call

The end of primary season is nigh, and Republicans are now optimistic their slate of House candidates will yield a net gain of female members in the conference after November.

Republicans are now focusing their efforts on a specific slate of top female candidates with a strong chance of coming to Congress.

On Tuesday morning, a top aide to Rep. Ann Wagner, a Missouri Republican and leading voice in the conference for women, emailed Capitol Hill colleagues and K Street allies to highlight these female candidates, according to an email obtained by CQ Roll Call.

“As many of you know, my boss, Ann Wagner (MO-2), and Congresswoman Diane Black (TN-6) have worked over the last year to recruit, support and promote Republican women candidates for Congress across the country,” wrote Christian Morgan, Wagner’s chief of staff. ”As we are winding down Primary season, I wanted to send you a list of our top candidates.”

Morgan named the following candidates:

  • Retired Air Force Colonel Martha McSally, who is challenging Democratic Rep. Ron Barber in Arizona’s 2nd District.
  • State Sen. Mimi Walters, who is facing marginal opposition in the open-seat race for California’s 45th District.
  • Former Iowa Department of Public Health Director Mariannette Miller-Meeks, the GOP nominee to challenge Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, in the Hawkeye State’s 2nd District.
  • State Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas, who is in a runoff for the GOP nomination in the open-seat race in Oklahoma’s 5th District.
  • Former White House staffer Elise Stefanik, who is the GOP nominee in the open-seat race for New York’s 21st District.
  • Former Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love, the GOP nominee in Utah’s 4th District.
  • Virginia Del. Barbara Comstock, the GOP nominee in Virginia’s 10th District.
  • Former Rep. Nan Hayworth, the GOP nominee to take on Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., in the 18th District.
  • Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Wendy Rogers, who is in a competitive primary in Arizona’s 9th District, the winner of which will challenge Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.
  • State Rep. Darlene Senger, the GOP nominee to challenge Democratic Rep. Bill Foster in Illinois’ 11th District.

Three of those contenders — Love, Walters and Comstock — are favored to win their races, according to the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call race ratings. If they do, the House GOP conference will gain one female member.

Three other female candidates have an even chance of coming to Congress: McSally and Stefanik are running in Tossup races this November, and Douglas faces similar odds in her runoff. If she wins the 5th District nomination, Douglas is all-but-assured to win this November.

A win among any one of those contests means that the party will have a net gain of women in the fall. None of the 17 female members in the conference seeking re-election have significant challenges in November.

Three more female candidates are less likely to win, according to Rothenberg ratings: Rogers, Hayworth, Miller-Meeks and Senger. Rogers will run for her party’s nod in late August.

There are currently 19 women in the House Republican conference. But House Republicans started this election year with a net loss of two female members: Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., is running for Senate, and Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., planned to retire.

Amid an environment where Democrats relentlessly branded the GOP as hostile to women voters the party initiated “Project GROW,” which aimed to help female candidates and support outreach to female voters. The program had some rocky moments earlier this year.

Project GROW bet on two Florida special election candidates who were unable to win their primaries. And four additional female candidates lost open-seat House primary races in Georgia, West Virginia, and California.

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Wendy Rogers Endorsed by Sheriff Paul Babeu

(PHOENIX, AZ) – Wendy Rogers has been endorsed by Sheriff Paul Babeu, the Republican sheriff of Pinal County.

“Wendy Rogers is my clear and outstanding choice to represent Arizona’s Congressional District 9. Like me, she is a longstanding military veteran with deep understanding and abiding respect for our fellow men and women in uniform. When elected, she will do all she can to clean up the VA system,” said Sheriff Babeu. “Wendy Rogers also shares my grave concerns about our nation’s border which currently degrades our national security. She will work hard to stop the flow of illegal immigrants and secure our porous border.”

“I am honored to be endorsed by Sheriff Paul Babeu in my bid for U.S. Congress. He continues to serve Arizona in an exemplary manner. I truly appreciate receiving the support of a fellow veteran who has led on veterans’ issues and fights for border security,” said Wendy Rogers.

Wendy Rogers is a 5th-generation U.S. military officer, having retired as a Lt. Colonel from the U.S. Air Force. She is one of the Air Force’s first 100 women pilots and has made defending our veterans’ access to healthcare, education, and jobs one of her top campaign priorities.


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Lt. Col. Wendy Rogers: Women in Combat

Check out the latest edition of the Rotarizonian to learn more about my background of service and why I’m running for Congress.

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Wendy Rogers on the Russell Pearce Show

Tune-in to my conversation with Russell Pearce from this past weekend!

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Wendy Rogers Responds to VA Secretary Shinseki’s Resignation

(PHOENIX, AZ) – Today, amid continuing revelations about the extensive care delivery problems in the Veterans Affairs healthcare system, including a “secret waiting list” at the Phoenix VA which cost 40 lives, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki finally agreed to step down.

“Phoenix VA’s problems are happening in facilities across America. Phoenix VA patients are waiting approximately 115 days to receive care, not 24 days as originally claimed. All over the country, VA records are being falsified to appear care is being given in a timely manner, while wait times mount. America does NOT leave men and women behind on the battlefield.” said Rogers.

“Just yesterday, as veterans, my husband and I received Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema’s hollow-promise congressional mailer saying she had “demanded . . . swift action to ensure the health and well being of Arizona’s veterans are protected and they [veterans] have timely access to the best possible care.’

So why did it take four weeks for Congresswoman Sinema to call for Secretary Shinseki’s resignation, if she’s “Helping Military Veterans and Their Families” as her mailer title promised? Answer: politics.

In Secretary Shinseki’s own words, the actions underpinning this scandal demonstrate a ‘lack of integrity’ and are ‘indefensible.’ Civilian control of our military is a fundamental to our republic. However, when politics trump respect for life, those politicians must be replaced by civilian leaders who understand sacrifice and leadership.”


April 2014- Initial reports surface regarding the scandal at the Phoenix VA Hospital

Thursday, April 23rd: Wendy Rogers issues press release titled “Where's Kyrsten Sinema?” because Phoenix VA is in Sinema's congressional district.

Friday, April 25th: Wendy Rogers calls for Phoenix VA Director  Sharon Helman to resign.

Thursday, May 6th: reports Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema used the Phoenix VA tragedy to raise money for her re-election campaign.

Wednesday, May 7th: Wendy Rogers issues press release calling on General Shinseki to be "relieved of command" immediately.

Thursday, May 8th:  Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema remains silent on calling for the resignation of General Shinseki.

Friday, May 9th: Still, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema remains silent on calling for the resignation of General Shinseki.

May 10th- Predictably , Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema still has not called for General Shinseki's resignation.


Wednesday, May 28th- Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema follows popular crowd of 113 congressional members calling for General Shinseki to resign.

Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema defers taking the lead, instead she places politics above lives of veterans.


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Republicans set to challenge Sinema

Via Ahwatukee Foothills News

Republicans in Congressional District 9 are gearing up to take on incumbent Democrat Kyrsten Sinema with candidates who have life experience and lofty goals.

The two Republican candidates for the office addressed the Ahwatukee Republican Women on Tuesday, May 27. Each spent 20 minutes explaining to the crowd why they are best-suited for the job.

Retired Lt. Col. Wendy Rogers ran for the position in the last election. She is returning to challenge Sinema once more. Rogers is a fifth generation officer in the military and a small business owner. She believes her perspective is needed in Washington.

“Today Congress is comprised of 19 percent veterans,” Rogers said. “In 1960 it was 80 percent… It is so important today to elect leaders who have the integrity and the backbone and the unflinching willingness to do what is right no matter what’s popular.”

Rogers said she’s running for Congress because she made a promise to her father that she would honor his family’s legacy of service.

Andrew Walter is the second Republican vying for the office. He’s a former professional football player and has been in banking and finance ever since leaving the NFL.

“I believe we’ve reached a unique point in our history,” Walter said. “The stakes have never been higher for us as a country, as a people… I didn’t feel like I had any time to wait. This was the time. I’m starting a family. If we’re blessed to have children I don’t want to look them in the eye and have them ask me, ‘Dad, what did you do at this critical time in our nation’s history?’ I have to be able to say I did something. I want my kids to be able to chase big dreams.”

Walter outlined seven goals he has for when he gets to Washington including creating a flat tax, abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, and auditing the Federal Reserve, among other things.

Both candidates promised to be a stark contrast to Sinema.

Sinema won a very competitive election in 2012 and has filed signatures to run again.

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Phoenix VA Situation Requires Action

When I heard at least 40 veterans had lost their lives waiting for care on a “secret list” at the Phoenix Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital, I was absolutely shocked.

Since then, no action has been taken to reduce the backlog or reverse the policies which placed veterans in harm’s way. Care is not improving for veterans. I know, because my husband and I are veterans and the wait and runaround at Phoenix VA are just as long-standing this week as they have been. Instead, Congress keeps “studying” the problem and bureaucrats keep pointing the finger.

The United States of America has sunk to its lowest ebb by treating veterans this way.

As in any emergency, we must apply triage while fixing the long-term problem. The top priority is to care for veterans NOW.

  • The VA should transfer primary care providers from northern tier VA facilities with adequate staff, in order to treat Phoenix VA’s backlog.
  • Concurrently, Phoenix VA should immediately hire 20 additional primary care providers, expediting the federal background investigation process from six weeks down to one week.
  • State licensed local primary care providers should be allowed to volunteer their services at Phoenix VA to ensure timely treatment for veterans.

Phoenix VA represents the perfect storm. Over the years, northern tier veterans increasingly have moved south to use the Phoenix VA. However, today’s patient load is based on a 2-year look-back funding model which is seriously flawed. Phoenix VA’s rolls also have increased due to a sagging economy, as well as flight from Medicare and Obamacare. Every one of these trends presented red flags, yet the leadership ignored them. Consequently, brave veterans have died due to broken promises.

“Relieved of Command” is the phrase which best describes what should happen to the Secretary of the VA down to the multi-department leadership at the Phoenix VA Hospital. Being responsible for the lives of others means the person in charge bears full accountability for lost lives. We in the military operate under that principle, as must the leadership of the VA. This in fact is why the American Legion, with whom I agree, has called for the Secretary of the VA to resign.

With quick, decisive action, we can fix the problems with the Phoenix VA to ensure our veterans have access to healthcare. Over time, we can make long-term fixes. This is what we do, because we are America.

Lt Col Wendy Rogers (ret) is the Republican candidate for Congress from AZ-09. She is a 5th-generation career veteran and was one of the first 100 women pilots in today’s Air Force.


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