A longtime northwest Indiana legislator and educator is being recognized Governor Mike Pence. State Senator Earline Rogers (D-3), who announced in January she would not run for re-election, has been honored with a Sagamore of the Wabash award.
Rogers started at the Statehouse in 1990, serving multiple terms as a state representative before being elected state senator.
Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report Pence talked about Rogers’ presence as an educational advocate. During the presentation ceremony Wednesday in Gary, he recalled a time early in his term as governor where "she said, ‘what you don’t understand is that this is more than just looking after kids younger than kindergarten. This is about catching up and making sure kids have the foundation that they might not otherwise be getting at home." Soon after, Pence accepted an invitation from Rogers to visit a prekindergarten program in Gary. Pence has since helped push for a statewide pre-k pilot program that could go statewide in the coming years. The publication reports such a program was not a focus of the governor until conversations with Rogers.
Rogers called her career "quite a journey," according to The Times.