About John Rogers

John M. Rogers

Twitter: @Rep_Rogers60

John M. Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) currently serves as the State Representative for Ohio’s 60th House District, which includes the communities of Eastlake, Fairport Harbor, Grand River, Lakeline, Mentor-on-the-Lake, the City of Painesville, portions of Painesville Township, Timberlake, Wickliffe, Willoughby and Willowick.

Representative Rogers began his distinguished career of public service in 1989 when he was appointed to Mentor-on-the-Lake City Council.  He served in that position until 1994 when he was appointed Mayor and Safety Director.  He won successive re-elections from 1996 to 2012. While serving as Mayor, Representative Rogers oversaw the operations of all city departments, comprised of approximately 108 employees and managed a budget averaging in excess of $4.5 million dollars.  His many accomplishments include bringing major infrastructure improvements to the city, promoting local business development leading to the establishment of over 40 new small businesses, creating approximately 350 new jobs, over 200 new housing units, and increasing tax revenue.  He partnered with the Mentor Public Library System to build a permanent branch in the city, and with the Lake Metro Parks to provide cost-free maintenance and upgrades to a community park, as well as overseeing improvements to all of the community’s parks.

As the City’s Safety Director, he restructured the Fire Department’s operations providing around the clock in-house staffing, improving response times, and delivering appropriately trained personnel to treat medical emergencies without increasing taxes. In addition, the Police Department was nationally recognized and accredited by the Commission on Law Enforcement Agencies or CALEA on five separate occasions.

Representative Rogers’s private sector work included substantial business and management experience as a manufacturer’s representative, selling process control instrumentation throughout Ohio. As a small business owner, his company was repeatedly recognized for outstanding sales.

In addition to serving in Ohio’s Legislature, Representative Rogers was instrumental in creating the Lake County Land Reutilization Corporation (Land Bank) where he now serves as the Executive Director. He is a licensed practicing attorney admitted to practice before the Ohio Bar in 2002. A former Executive Board Member and past President of the Lake County Bar Association his legal experience includes having worked in the Lake County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office as an Assistant and Supervising Attorney. More recently, he served as a Deputy Treasurer with the Lake County Treasurer’s Office.

During his professional legal career Representative Rogers has received several awards.  As a law student, he was recognized with the CALI Excellence for the Future Award from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law, in addition to being acknowledged with that institution’s Pro-Bono Community Service Award in 2000. In 2007, as an Assistant Prosecutor, Rogers was named Child Advocate of the Year by the Lake County Department of Job and Family Services and the Lake County Foster Family Association.  More recently, Representative Rogers was recognized by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy with the NITA Advocate Designation in 2009 and the NITA Master Advocate Designation in 2010.

Representative Rogers is a graduate of Cathedral Latin School. He obtained an Associate of Arts Degree and Associate of Science Degree from Cuyahoga Community College, his Bachelors of Arts Degree at Hiram College, a Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA) from John Carroll University and his Juris Doctor (JD) from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University. In 2014, Representative Rogers completed his Master of Law (LLM) Degree at the University of Alabama’s School of Law.

Born in Cleveland and raised in East Cleveland, his family moved to Lake County in 1976. Representative Rogers resides in Mentor-on-the-Lake with his wife Rosemarie, an elementary school principal. He is a proud father to Tim, John, Caitlin and Micheal. A parishioner at St. John Vianney Church, Representative Rogers is also a member of many organizations including the Lake-Geauga Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 16, the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks, Lake County Bluecoats, Lake County Economic Development Council and Sons of AMVETS.

Representative Rogers Serves In the Following Committees :
  • Criminal Justice
  • Finance
  • Public Utilities
  • Finance Subcommittee on Transportation
  • Ways and Means
  • Tuition Trust Authority


Lake County Land Bank News 

June 2018 Demolition Starts on St Mary's Magdelene Rectory, convent in Willowick - NewsHerald

April 2018 May Start Eyed for "Better Flip" Project - NewsHerald

March 2018 Lake County Land Continues to Address Blight - NewsHerald

December 2017 Crossroads' Demo Project Complete

December 2017 Willowick Home to Demonstrate Port Authority's "Better Flip" - NewsHerald

September 2017 Lake County Land Reutilization Corp Receives 2015-2016 Auditor of The State Award

July 2017 Former Coe Manufacturing Building to Be Demolished - NewsHerald

March 2017 Editorial: Lake County Land Bank has Proved Itself as Productive, Successful - NewsHerald

March 2017 Lake County Land Bank Continues to Address Blight, Vacancy - NewsHerald

November 2016 Lake County Land Reutilization Corp Website Launched - NewsHerald

November 2016 Painesville Parking Garage Demolition Completed - NewsHerald

August 2016 Painesville Parking Garage Demolition Nears Completion - NewsHerald

July 2016 Lake County Land Bank Receives $750,000 in Hardest Hit Funds - NewsHerald

June 2016 Getting to know the Land Bank - Gazette News

October 2015 Painesville Township Gets New Park - NewsHerald

October 2015 Lake County Land Reutilization Corp Receives 2013-2014 Auditor of The State Award

Lake County Land Bank Newsletters

January 2014 Newsletter

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Lake County Bar Association Newsletters

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