One of the longest-tenured Indiana lawmakers not seek re-election. State Senator Earline Rogers (D-3), whose political career spans 34 years, currently serves as co-minority whip.
Rogers also served eight years in the Indiana House of Representatives prior to being elected to the Senate. She was the first African-American to serve as vice chair of the Indiana State Democratic Party and the first African-American to serve as assistant minority leader of the Senate Democratic Caucus.
"I think 34 years is enough. I certainly have enjoyed my service and I thank my District 3 constituents for supporting me," Rogers told our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana. "Hopefully, I’ve made life better, for not only them, but for the whole of Indiana."
During her time in the Senate, Rogers worked to move riverboat casinos inland and helped create the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority to help boost economic development in the area. She also authored Heather’s Law, which develops models for schools to educate students on dating violence.
As the Indiana General Assembly reconvenes Tuesday, Senate Democrats say Rogers will work to provide resident tuition rates for children of undocumented workers and expand pre-kindergarten pilot programs.
Rogers says once she retires, she hopes to be a "snow bird" traveling to Arizona in the winter to visit her son, grandson and great grandchildren.