[Congressional Record Volume 164, Number 9 (Tuesday, January 16, 2018)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
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RECOGNIZING JUDGE JOHNNY ROGERS
HON. ROBERT B. ADERHOLT
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Mr. ADERHOLT. Mr. Speaker, I would like to recognize Judge Johnny
Rogers on the occasion of his retirement as Probate Judge of Lamar
County, Alabama. I am proud to recognize Judge Rogers for his many
years of public service to Lamar County and to the state of Alabama. He
is truly a man who embodies the American principles of hard work,
dedication, and devotion to one's community.
Judge Rogers is a native of Lamar County and was educated in the
Lamar County school system. After operating Rogers Auto Parts, a
successful automotive business in Sulligent, Alabama, for twenty-seven
years, he decided to enter public service. He was first elected as
Probate Judge, which also serves as Chairman of the County Commission,
in 2000, and re-elected in 2006 and again in 2012. His re-election in
2006 was the first time a Probate Judge had been re-elected in Lamar
County in over 30 years.
During his term in office, Judge Rogers committed himself to working
hard for the citizens of Lamar County, conducting the Probate Judge's
office and the County Commission in an effective, efficient and
courteous manner and striving to improve the quality of life for all
citizens of Lamar County. He created the “Existing Manufacturing
Program” to help retain Lamar County's manufacturing jobs by offering
incentives and abatements to local businesses. He also worked
tirelessly with the local economic development authority on industrial
expansions by Nacco Material Handling, Weyerheuser, and Steel Dust
Recycling, resulting in a capital investment of over $250 million and
the addition of hundreds of jobs.
Another goal of Judge Rogers was to expand the availability of county
water. Since he took office he has secured $2.4 million in Community
Development Block Grant funds to provide county water to 282 homes and
constructed over 51 miles of new waterlines.
Judge Rogers is highly respected by the people of Lamar County for
his honesty and dedication. He is also one of the friendliest people
you could ever meet, and I am proud to call him my friend.
Mr. Speaker, it is a great privilege to honor Judge Johnny Rogers on
his many accomplishments and for his enduring impact on his community,
his state, and nation. I join his family, friends and colleagues in
wishing him God's richest blessings in his retirement.