James E. Rogan was until recently undersecretary of commerce and director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office in the Bush administration. From 1997 to 2001 he was a member of Congress -- a conservative Republican representing a liberal Democratic district that included many Hollywood movie studios. Before that he was majority leader of the California State Assembly, a state court judge, and a gang-murder prosecutor in Los Angeles County. Accepting the assignment by the United States House of Representatives in 1998 to help prosecute the impeachment trial against President Clinton led to Rogan's reelection defeat in 2000. He now lives in Southern California, and is currently a partner at the law firm of Venable LLP in Washington, D.C. He will open Venable's West Coast office in the summer of 2004.
Rough Edges: My Unlikely Road from Welfare to Washingtonby James E. Rogan
Jim Rogan was born to a single mother—a cocktail waitress who was later convicted of welfare fraud; his bartender-father abandoned them both before he was born. After a rough-and-tumble childhood in San Francisco's hardscrabble Mission District—where he was raised by his colorful extended family—he became a political junkie at the age of nine, and
Jim Rogan was born to a single mother—a cocktail waitress who was later convicted of welfare fraud; his bartender-father abandoned them both before he was born. After a rough-and-tumble childhood in San Francisco's hardscrabble Mission District—where he was raised by his colorful extended family—he became a political junkie at the age of nine, and once received help with his homework from Harry Truman. But Rogan traveled with a tough circle of friends; after years of borderline delinquency he was expelled from high school, became a porn theater bouncer, and then a bartender at a strip joint and a Hell's Angels bar. Along the way, a young Arkansas politician advised him to study law and become a member of a different kind of bar.
In time Rogan scrapped his way through college and law school. He was appointed a Los Angeles County DA, prosecuting members of the notorious Crips and Bloods gangs; then became a judge, a state legislator, and finally a congressman from Southern California. And in 1998, as a Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee, he found himself prosecuting the impeachment of the President of the United States—Bill Clinton, the same Arkansas politician who advised him to go into law and politics two decades earlier.
Rough Edges is a rarity among Washington tales: full of outrageous stories, wild humor, pull-no-punches candor, and downright fun. Replete with character and characters, and told in Rogan's engaging and unswervingly frank voice, Rogan's story is certainly the most freewheeling—and perhaps the most honest—political memoir ever written.
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This book is great! It is hilarious, made me laugh at some of his bumbles but gave me great joy at reading about his life...gives me hope that anyone can do anything and that they can do it in a good way...Jim Rogan did, so can you! This is the first book that I actually read the appendix:)
I aboslutely loved this book! It was well-written, laugh-out-loud funny, and inspiring. An incredible story!
I bought sweets and this book one afternoon. I finished reading the book without ever taking a bite of the candies. THIS IS A TRULY ENGAGING BOOK. I am also reminded of how precious young minds are, and how important it is to share your time with kids early on. The memories go along way.The impact is usually so far reaching than the credit we usually give it. Here was a kid putting it into words... A REAL TREAT.