Roger Katz

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Roger Katz
Member of the Maine Senate
from the 24th district
In office
2010 – Present
Preceded by Libby Mitchell
Personal details
Born Augusta, Maine
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Birdie Newman Katz
Profession Attorney at law
Religion Judaism[1]

Roger J. Katz is an American politician and lawyer. He graduated from Cony High School in Augusta, Maine, where he played on the boys' basketball team which won the 1973 state championship. He then went on to Harvard College and Boston University Law School. Katz is a Republican State Senator from Maine's 24th District, representing Augusta, China, Oakland, Sidney and Vassalboro. He was first elected to the Maine State Senate in 2010 after serving from 2006 to 2010 as mayor of state capital Augusta.[2] He is chair of the Government Oversight committee in the State Senate.[3] A practicing lawyer, he is a partner in the law firm Lipman & Katz in Augusta.[2] In 2010, Katz defeated State Representative Patsy Crockett.[4] Following re-election in November 2012, Katz was elected as Republican Senate assistant minority leader after his party lost majority status to the Democrats.[5]

When the Republicans regained the majority in the Senate after the 2014 election, Katz decided not to seek a leadership position in the following legislative session. [6]

His father, Bennett Katz, served as State Senator in the 1960s and 1970s, including a stint as Senate Majority Leader.[2]


  1. ^ "LePage says he didn't mean to offend with Gestapo comment; Republican leaders say it is 'a non-issue'". Bangor Daily News. July 9, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Edwards, Keith (February 24, 2010). "Mayor has Senate ambition". Kennebec Journal. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Senator Roger J. Katz". Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Edwards, Keith (November 3, 2010). "Katz downs Crockett in Senate contest". Kennebec Journal. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Maine Senators-Elect Pick Floor Leaders". Maine Public Broadcasting Network. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Maine Democrats, Republicans prepare to choose new legislative leaders". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 10 November 2014.