Sixteenth Judicial District Circuit Court Judge Mark Rogers announced his re-election bid Wednesday.
“As Circuit Court Judge, I’ve enjoyed working to improve our judicial system, resolving disputes and administering justice in Rutherford and Cannon Counties,” Rogers said.
“One of the things I’m most proud of is how former State Representative Kent Coleman, State Senator Jim Tracy and I worked together in 2007 to gain legislative approval to establish the Child Support Magistrate position on behalf of children in our communities,” Rogers said. “It was a bi-partisan effort and demonstrated to me that the ability of a judge to improve the system was not limited to the courtroom.”
A member of the Rutherford/Cannon County Bar Association, Rogers was past president of the Tennessee Association for Justice. He was named 2009 Trial Judge of the Year by the Southeastern Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
“Prior to my service as Circuit Court Judge, I built my law practice on East Main Street in Murfreesboro. I brought cases before juries and judges in state and federal courts in Rutherford, Cannon, Warren, Coffee, Bedford, Davidson, Wilson, Williamson and other counties, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee,” Rogers said.
Rogers practiced law for 27 years before being appointed by the Governor in 2004 to represent the 16th Judicial District, which encompasses Rutherford and Cannon counties. He was elected in 2006 for an 8-year term.
“I’ve presided over multiple jury and bench trials and prepared daily for the wide range of issues that come before the court. I have 37 years of experience in the courtroom as a lawyer and a judge and I’m convinced this is a necessary asset to keep the Circuit Court running effectively and efficiently.”
The Readyville native is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville. While a student at Kittrell High School, Rogers worked at Smithson’s Big Star Grocery in Woodbury, and as a political science/pre-law major at MTSU worked at J. C. Penney’s in Murfreesboro. He was the first of 13 children in his family to go to college.
He and his wife, Dr. Jean Anne Rogers, a Murfreesboro optometrist, are members of the First United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro. Married for 30 years, they have three daughters: Jan Margaret, Anne Katherine and Addison.
“Working for the citizens of Rutherford and Cannon Counties for the past 10 years, I’ve learned a lot and understand the importance of administering justice fairly and impartially. I would appreciate your vote to allow me the honor of continuing to serve.”
The election is August 7, 2014 with early voting beginning July 18.