Rough Edges: My Unlikely Road from Welfare to Washington (Hardcover)
By James Rogan
As one of the leading members of the House Judiciary Committee that impeached President Bill Clinton, James Rogan's place in the pantheon of conservative heroes remains secure. But that is just part of an amazing life story that contains more drama than found in 10 lives. Born to a single mother – a cocktail waitress and convicted felon on welfare – Rogan grew up without knowing his father who abandoned him before his birth.
After a rough-and-tumble childhood in San Francisco's hardscrabble Mission District, he was expelled from high school; became a bartender on Hollywood's Sunset Strip and in a Hell's Angels' biker bar; and worked as a porn theater bouncer.
Along the way he met a young Arkansas lawyer and politician who 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; became a gang-murder DA in Los Angeles prosecuting Crips and Bloods; and then became a state court judge and majority leader of his state legislature. Finally, he won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from Southern California.
In 1998, as a Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, he found himself helping to lead the impeachment of the president of the United States Bill Clinton – the same Arkansas lawyer who advised him to go into law and politics two decades earlier.
"Rough Edges" is chock-full of wild tales, humor and fun. Rogan tells an engaging story that will make you laugh and cry, and his is perhaps the most honest political memoir ever written. Includes a 16-page black-and-white photo insert.
“Simply put, you don’t want your son to experience the things that Rogan experienced growing up. The good news about Rogan’s life (and the punch line of his book) is that God is in control and all things work together for good for those who are called according to His purpose. And let me tell you, things have turned out good for Rogan, and there can only be one explanation ... God IS in control! … Jim Rogan writes a powerful testimony to the sustaining power of God’s grace, the importance of the American work ethic, and the value of a good woman. ‘Rough Edges, My Unlikely Road from Welfare to Washington’ has it all! Jim Rogan is a bona-fide American hero, and I hope my son grows up to be just like Jim Rogan.” – Jim Cumbee, contributing writer, Crosswalk.com
“Judge Rogan is a law professor of mine. He is literally one of the best, if not THE best professor I've ever had. The man is truly amazing. And the book is a great biography.” – Helen, Goodreads
About the Author
James Rogan is a former gang-murder prosecutor in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office and a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives has written several books. As a freshman member of the House Judiciary Committee, he was chosen to help lead the prosecution of President Bill Clinton, which is the subject of his second book, "Catching Our Flag." He serves currently as a judge of the Superior Court of California and is an adjunct law professor.
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: WND Books; 2 edition (April 15, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936488329
- ISBN-13: 978-1936488322
- Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches