James E. Rogan
Judge James E. Rogan, former United States Congressman from California, is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the UCLA School of Law, where he served as a member of the UCLA Law Review.
As a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney, he specialized in the prosecution of Crips and Bloods gang murderers; California Lawyer Magazine named him as one of the state’s most effective prosecutors. Appointed by Governor Deukmejian at age 33, he became California’s youngest sitting judge at the time, and his colleagues later selected him as presiding judge.
In 1994, Judge Rogan won election to the California State Assembly. In his freshman term, colleagues elected him Majority Leader. California Journal Magazine named him the Assembly’s most effective legislator, and ranked him “number one in integrity” And “number one in effectiveness.”
In 1996, he won the first of two terms in Congress, and was one of only two members of Congress to serve on both the prestigious House Commerce and House Judiciary Committees. His colleagues selected him to be one of the two lead prosecutors in the historic United States Senate impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton. With the Clinton impeachment very unpopular in his Los Angeles County district, he lost his battle for a third term in 2000.
President George W. Bush selected Judge Rogan as the Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate, he served as chief advisor to the president on all intellectual property matters. He left the Bush Administration in 2004 and returned to private law practice in Orange County until rejoining the bench in 2006 as a judge of the Superior Court of California, where he serves today as a felony trial judge in Orange County, California.
In 2004, Harper Collins published his early autobiography, “Rough Edges,” which Reader’s Digest selected it as one of their top four nonfiction books for 2004. His second book, “Catching Our Flag: Behind the Scenes of a Presidential Impeachment,” was published in 2011 by WND Books. His third book, "And Then I Met....Stories of Growing Up, Meeting Famous People, and Annoying the Hell Out of Them" was published by WND Books in 2014. He just completed his fourth book, a historical novel on the 1968 presidential campaign and the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
Judge Rogan and his wife Christine have twin daughters, Dana and Claire. They reside in Southern California.
Awards and Recognition
- Readers Digest Condensed Book, 2004
Press and Media Mentions
- C-Span Coverage of Discussion: Rough Edges: My Unlikely Road from Welfare to Washington (New York: Harper Collins, 2004).
- C-Span Coverage: Catching Our Flag: Behind the Scenes of a Presidential Impeachment (Washington: WND Books, 2011)
- C-Span Coverage: And Then I Met… Stories of Growing Up, Meeting Famous People, and Annoying the Hell Out of Them (Washington: WND Books, 2014)
- C-Span Coverage: On to Chicago: Rediscovering Robert F. Kennedy and the Lost Campaign of 1968 (Washington: WND Books, 2018) (published on the 50th anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s assassination, June 6, 2018)