Representative John H. Rogers (D-Norwood) graduated cum laude from Brandeis University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. In 1992, he received a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School and also studied at the University of Galway Law School in Ireland. He was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in November of 1992 and, is currently serving his eleventh as a legislator. He represents the 12th Norfolk District which includes 38,000 citizens in the towns of Norwood and Walpole.
Prior to his appointment as House Majority Leader in January 2005, John served in a number of other leadership roles. He served as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee from January of 2001 through January of 2005. As Chairman, he was the chief budget writer for the Massachusetts House of Representatives. During his tenure in the Legislature, he has also served as Chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation (1999-2001) and Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary (1997-1999). Majority Leader Rogers has also served as Vice Chairman of several committees – the House Committee on Steering and Policy, the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development and the House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight – while also serving as a member of the Joint Committees on Banks and Banking; Energy; and Criminal Justice.
Rep. Rogers has also been chosen to lead several different caucuses and special legislative committees. From 1994-2001, he served as House Chair of the Legislative Caucus on Older Citizens’ Concerns (also known as the “Elder Caucus”). In 1998, he was appointed by former Speaker Thomas Finneran to chair a special legislative committee to reform the adoption laws in Massachusetts so as to accelerate the adoption process and ensure that the best interests of the child are of paramount concern in the process. In 1999, he was recognized by the Massachusetts Families for Kids, the Legislative Caucus on Foster Care and the Department of Social Services for his efforts as Chairman of that Ad-Hoc Committee on Adoption and as author of the landmark Adoption Law of 1999. In October of 2004, he was chosen to co-chair the legislatively created Commission to Study the Provision of Counsel to Indigent Persons in the Commonwealth which issued a major report, now known as the “Rogers Report,” recommending improvements to the so-called CPCS system in March of 2006. In 2007, he chaired the special House Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect.
Throughout his career, John has been recognized for his leadership and dedication in the areas of the judiciary, education, human services, local aid, public safety and environmental protection. This leadership has been recognized formally through his receipt of awards from the following groups:
• The Children’s Trust Fund
• The Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers
• The Massachusetts Silver Haired Legislature
• The Massachusetts Audubon Society
• The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association
• The Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education
• The Massachusetts Public Health Association
• The Massachusetts Jewish Community Relations Committee
• The Massachusetts Suicide Prevention Coalition
• The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance
• The Early Childhood Network of Community Partnerships for Children Programs
• The Massachusetts Municipal Association
• The Massachusetts Bar Association
• The Boston Jaycees
• The Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging
• The Massachusetts Association of Day Care Agencies
• The Massachusetts Association of School Committees
• The Center for Adoption Research
• The Beacon of Justice Award
• Mass Nurses Association Legislative Advocacy Award
John is a Partner in the law firm of Rudolph Friedmann LLP located in Boston.
John is a lifelong resident of Norwood. He attended Saint Catherine of Siena School and Catholic Memorial High School. He resides with his wife Brenda and his three daughters – Abigail Ann, Katherine Josephine and Lindsay McCormack.