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Lt. Gov. Joe Rogers

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Lieutenant Governor
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Trust In The Lord With All Your Heart and Lean Not On Your Own Understanding; In All Your Ways Submit To Him, And He Will Make Your Paths Straight.

Birthplace

Born:
7/8/1964
Birth Location:
Omaha, Nebraska

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Lieutenant Governor
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Trust In The Lord With All Your Heart and Lean Not On Your Own Understanding; In All Your Ways Submit To Him, And He Will Make Your Paths Straight.

Birthplace

Born:
7/8/1964
Birth Location:
Omaha
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Biography

Born in 1964, Joe Rogers grew up in Commerce, Colorado, and graduated from Adams City High School.

Rogers worked his way through Colorado State University, majoring in Business Administration, and went on to Arizona State University where he studied law. While at Arizona State, Rogers led the school to its first national championship by winning the American Bar Association Negotiation Competition, a contest involving 80 U.S. law schools.

After earning his law degree, Rogers helped provide free legal services for the poor in rural southeast Colorado as part of the Colorado Bar Association's Lend-A-Lawyer Program. Born into a family that spent eight years on welfare, Rogers went on to practice law with Davis, Graham & Stubbs, one of Colorado's top firms. He served as staff counsel for Colorado's U. S. Senator, Hank Brown, and advised on a wide range of issues related to business including telecommunications, transportation and housing. Later, in private practice, he served as general counsel to the Denver Parents Association, a conservative non-profit public policy group advocating school vouchers. On their behalf, Rogers filed a lawsuit against the Denver Board of Education.

In 1996, Rogers ran for Colorado's First Congressional District seat vacated by retiring Congresswoman Pat Schroeder (D-CO). Rogers, a black Republican, surprised skeptics by garnering 42 percent of the vote, including 50 percent of the black vote. Encouraged, Rogers broadened his appeal and ran for Lieutenant Governor in 1998. Colorado's population is overwhelmingly white-only 4 to 5 percent is African American and 13 percent is Hispanic. Rogers and gubernatorial running mate Bill Owens won by a nearly 60 percent - 40 percent margin. In 1999, Joseph B. "Joe" Rogers was sworn in as the youngest Lt. Governor in Colorado history.

Rogers served as chairman of the newly formed National Conference of Lieutenant Governors. He was a principal speaker at the 2000 GOP National Convention.

He passed away on October 7, 2013, at the age of 49.

Joe Rogers was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 17, 2002.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Joe Rogers' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Joe Rogers lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Joe Rogers talks about his mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Joe Rogers describes his maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Joe Rogers shares stories about his maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Joe Rogers describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Joe Rogers describes his earliest memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Joe Rogers talks about his family's struggle with poverty
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Joe Rogers describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Joe Rogers lists his elementary schools
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Joe Rogers describes his likeness to his parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Joe Rogers recalls his influential teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Joe Rogers describes growing up in Commerce City, Colorado
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Joe Rogers recalls when he stood up against school bullies
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Joe Rogers talks about his school activities and being the speaker at his high school graduation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Joe Rogers remembers his determination to go to college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Joe Rogers shares his experiences at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Joe Rogers talks about his activism at Colorado State University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Joe Rogers describes attending law school at Arizona State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Joe Rogers describes working for U.S. Senator Hank Brown
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Joe Rogers talks about becoming a Republican
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Joe Rogers describes losing his U.S. Congressional race in 1996
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Joe Rogers shares his views on education reform
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Joe Rogers talks about winning his election for Lieutenant Governor of Colorado
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Joe Rogers recalls disagreeing with Governor Bill Owens on the role of Lieutenant Governor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Joe Rogers talks about how members of the black community responded to his Republicanism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Joe Rogers shares his views on being a black Republican
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Joe Rogers describes holding the African American Republican Leadership Summit
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Joe Rogers describes the philosophy developed at the African American Republican Leadership Summit
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Joe Rogers shares his view on school vouchers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Joe Rogers talks about affirmative action and reparations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Joe Rogers talks about his upcoming Congressional race
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Joe Rogers reflects upon his family's pride and his legacy