Scope and Content
Title: Donald (Don) Rogers Papers
Collection number: LP456
10 cubic feet
California State Archives
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 represented in the collection:
While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.
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
[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
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
Economic Development and New Technologies, 1983-1984
Economic Development and Planning, 1981-1982
Energy and Natural Resources, 1981-1982
Local Government, 1985-1986
Natural Resources, 1983-1986
Public Safety, 1985-1986
Resources, Land Use, and Energy, 1979-1980
Water, Parks, and Wildlife, 1979-1982
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
Postsecondary Education, 1979-1980
Public Lands, 1979-1980
State's Economy, 1981-1986
Economic Development, 1981-1982
Seismic Safety, 1981-1982
California State Senate, 1987-1996
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, 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
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.
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