Over the past few months, political prognosticators have gone from asking if the Republican caucus will regain control of Congress to how big of a margin will the Republican majority be beyond the 2022 midterm elections.

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks) was first elected in the 2002 midterms, filling the seat previously held by Bob Riley, who left to run for governor. He told Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5's "The Jeff Poor Show" that throughout his two decades in the U.S. House of Representatives, you could always sense the wave elections beforehand.

Rogers acknowledged the likelihood of Republican control in 2023 but admitted there were some difficult challenges ahead once they took control.

"Everybody knows the majority is about to change," he said. "It's not brain surgery. This will be the fourth or fifth time the majority has changed since I've been here. I've been here 20 years and you can always see it coming. My only question is how big is it going to be?"

He went on to ask if it will be a 15-seat majority, a 25-seat majority or a 30-seat majority.  He said that Republicans are not sure how big their majority will be but they believe it will a historic change because of poll numbers around the country.

"I'm looking forward to it but the truth is even when we take over - and I think we're going to take the Senate, too - we have some huge challenges to get up and talk about ... but there's even more national security challenges around the world that we're going to have to take on," Rogers said. "It's going to be very expensive, and it's going to take some time. And that doesn't even mention the economic problems we have here at home, social problems. I'm looking forward to [being] in the majority, but we're going to have our hands full."

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