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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Donald (Don) Rogers Papers
    Dates: 1979-1996
    Collection number: LP456
    Creator: Rogers, Donald
    Collection Size: 10 cubic feet
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: Don Rogers, a Republican, was first elected in November 1978 to represent California's 33rd Assembly District. The Don Rogers Papers consist of 10 cubic feet of textual records that cover the years 1979-1996.
    Physical location: California State Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information


    While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.

    Publication Rights

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Don Rogers Papers, LP456:[folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.


    Don Rogers, a Republican, was first elected in November 1978 to represent the 33rd Assembly District which covered most of Kern County, including the cities of Bakersfield, Taft, Wasco, Shafter, Delano, Buttonwillow, Arvin, and Lamont, and a smaller portion of southern Tulare County, including the cities of Tulare, Pixley, Terra Bella, and Lindsay.
    In November 1986, Rogers was elected to represent the 16th Senatorial District in the southern San Joaquin Valley, which included all of Kern and Kings Counties, a part of northern Los Angeles County, and part of San Bernardino County. At the end of 1992, Rogers ran for a new seat in the 17th Senatorial District, which included Inyo County, northern and eastern San Bernardino County, eastern Kern County, and northern Los Angeles County. He won and represented this district until the end of his term in 1996.
    Donald A. Rogers was born on April 28, 1928, in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and graduated with a degree in Geology from Louisiana State University in 1951. While working for an oil company, he lived in Louisiana and Mississippi before establishing residence in Bakersfield in 1963. Rogers was a registered geologist in the State of California. He was also a member of the Kern County Farm Bureau, Future Farmers of America, National Federation of Independent Business, Gun Owners of California, Independent Petroleum Association, and the San Joaquin Geological Society. He holds a commercial pilot's license, which he used to commute to the State Capitol in his own single-engine airplane. He is also a U.S. Marine Corp veteran.
    A former court reporter, Don's wife, Marilyn, was a member of the National Shorthand Reporters and the Certified Shorthand Reporters of California. Their daughter, Mallorie, also became a court reporter. Their two sons were both accomplished athletes. Grayson Rogers played football for Stanford, 1978-1979, before playing for the University of the Pacific Tigers, 1980-1981. In 1982, Grayson also played on the UOP baseball team. Douglas Rogers also began his football career playing for Stanford, 1978-1981, before playing for the Atlanta Falcons, 1982-1983, New England Patriots, 1983-1984, and San Francisco 49ers, 1986.
    Roger's first interest in politics came as a result of receiving a property tax bill as a geological consultant in a small business. His taxes increased 45 percent in one year. This event led him to run for Bakersfield City Council in 1973. He won election and was re-elected in 1977, serving until his election to the Assembly in 1978.
    During his term in the California Legislature, Rogers served on the following committees according to the California Legislature at Sacramento (Handbooks) and the California Blue Book:
    California State Assembly, 1979-1986
    Standing Committees
    Economic Development and New Technologies, 1983-1984
    Economic Development and Planning, 1981-1982
    Chair, 1981-1982
    Education, 1979-1980
    Energy and Natural Resources, 1981-1982
    Local Government, 1985-1986
    Natural Resources, 1983-1986
    Chair, 1985-1986
    Public Safety, 1985-1986
    Resources, Land Use, and Energy, 1979-1980
    Rules, 1983-1984
    Transportation, 1983-1984
    Water, Parks, and Wildlife, 1979-1982
    Select Committees
    Aviation, 1983-1984
    Economic Problems in Timer and Related Industries, 1979-1982
    Energy Alternatives in Agriculture, 1981-1982
    Genetic Diseases, 1979-1984
    Local Implementation of Tax and Spending Initiatives, 1979-1980
    Regulatory Oversight, 1979-1982
    Utility Performance, Rates, and Regulations, 1983-1984
    Energy, 1979-1982
    Postsecondary Education, 1979-1980
    Public Lands, 1979-1980
    Joint Committees
    Rules, 1983-1984
    State's Economy, 1981-1986
    Economic Development, 1981-1982
    Seismic Safety, 1981-1982
    California State Senate, 1987-1996
    Standing Committees
    Agriculture and Water Resources, 1987-1996
    Bonded Indebtedness and Methods of Financing, 1987-1990
    Vice Chair, 1987-1988
    Budget and Fiscal Review, 1991-1992
    Housing and Urban Affairs, 1987-1988
    Insurance, 1993-1994
    Insurance, Claims, and Corporations, 1991-1992
    Natural Resources and Wildlife, 1987-1996
    Public Employment and Retirement, 1987-1988, 1993-1996
    Vice Chair, 1995-1996
    Veteran's Affairs, 1989-1996
    Chair, 1989-1994
    Select Committees
    Fairs and Rural Issues, 1987-1992

    Scope and Content

    The Don Rogers Papers consist of 10 cubic feet of textual records that cover the years 1979-1996. The records are organized into one record series: Bill Files, 1979-1996. The bill files document his legislative activity during his term as a member of the California State Legislature. The bills introduced by Don Rogers discuss taxes, geology, and Kern and Tulare Counties. Rogers was also involved in writing legislation that affected the United States on a national level.


    No further accruals are expected.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Taxation --Law and legislation
    Agriculture - California - Tulare County