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[Congressional Record Volume 164, Number 9 (Tuesday, January 16, 2018)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E45]
From the Congressional Record Online through GPO



                        HON. ROBERT B. ADERHOLT

                               of alabama

                    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. ____________________

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