Rothman was born and raised in St. Louis and attended public schools. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with an A.B. in history and political science and also received his law degree from Washington University.
Rothman served in the Missouri Air National Guard from 1953 to 1962 and was called to active duty during the Berlin Crisis of 1961. He worked as a prosecutor for St. Louis County before entering private law practice. Rothman's political career began with his election to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1962 representing the Clayton area. He was re-elected eight times. In 1973 he was chosen as Majority Leader and in 1976 he became Speaker of the House.
He currently serves of counsel to the law firm of Capes, Sokol, Goodman and Sarachan PC.
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