Hazelle P. Rogers

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Hazelle P. Rogers
Representative Hazelle P. "Hazel" Rogers.jpg
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 95th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
November 20, 2012
Preceded by Jim Waldman
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 94th district
In office
November 18, 2008 – November 20, 2012
Preceded by Matthew Meadows
Succeeded by Perry E. Thurston, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1952-09-28) September 28, 1952 (age 62)
Kingston, Jamaica
Political party Democratic
Alma mater New York City Community College (A.A.S.)
Pace University
University of Phoenix (B.S.)
Profession Real estate consultant

Hazelle P. Rogers (born September 28, 1952) is a Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 95th District, which includes North Lauderdale, Lauderdale Lakes, and Lauderhill in northern Broward County, since 2012, previously representing the 94th District from 2008 to 2012.

History[edit]

Rogers was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to New York City in 1969, where she attended New York City Community College, graduating with an associate degree in 1976. She attended Pace University in 1980, but did not graduate. In 1982, Rogers relocated to the state of Florida, where she became the Secretary of the Eastgate Homeowners Association. She was elected to the Lauderdale Lakes City Commission in 1996, where she served until she was elected to the legislature. While serving on the City Commission, Rogers graduated from the University of Phoenix with a degree in business in 2003.

Florida House of Representatives[edit]

When incumbent State Representative Matthew Meadows, was unable to seek re-election in 2008 due to term limits, she ran to succeed him in the 94th District, which ran from Broward Estates to North Lauderdale in Broward County. In the Democratic primary, Rogers faced Eric Hammond, Kenneth Thurston, Roshawn Banks, Robert Lynch, and Rubin Young. She campaigned on "curbing rising property taxes"[1] and on providing affordable housing to the community.[2] Rogers emerged victorious in the primary, winning 39% of the vote to Hammond's 27%, Thurston's 21%, Banks's 5%, Lynch's 5%, and Young's 3%. She won the general election unopposed. When she ran for re-election in 2010, she was challenged in the Democratic primary by John Labriola, who campaigned on outlawing abortion and same-sex marriage, arguing that the party had become too liberal, saying, "We need to get our moral house in order if we ever hope to fix the economy and get America prosperous again."[3] She defeated Labriola easily with 88% of the vote, advancing to the general election, where she was once again elected unopposed.

While serving in the legislature in 2011, Rogers authored legislation with State Senator Gary Siplin that required school districts to "adopt a dress code that prohibits students from 'wearing clothing that exposes underwear or body parts in an indecent or vulgar manner,'" calling it a "pro-family, pro-education, pro-jobs bill" that would "make for a better school district and more productive students."[4]

In 2012, when state legislative districts were redrawn, Rogers was moved into the 95th District, which included much of the territory that she had previously represented in the 80th District. She won both the primary and general election entirely unopposed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ortega, Juan C. (March 7, 2008). "Black candidates talk about hot-button issues at forum". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ Lewis, Gregory (July 18, 2008). "Democrat will win in District 94". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ East, Georgia (July 21, 2010). "2 Florida House District 94 candidates set different priorities". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ Tillman, Jodie (March 15, 2011). "'Sagging pants' bill passes House committee". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 

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