Each year, the MBA recognizes a distinguished Massachusetts politician who has made an exceptional contribution to the improvement of the administration of justice. At the dinner, the MBA will present the prestigious Legislator of the Year award to state Rep. John H. Rogers, D-Norwood.
Rogers is currently in his fifth term representing the 12th Norfolk District, which includes Norwood as well as sections of both Walpole and Medfield. Currently, he serves as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and is an integral part of the legislative leadership team. He has served in leadership positions on numerous committees throughout his tenure, including House chairman of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, House chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation, vice chairman of the Joint Committee on Housing and Urban Development, and vice chairman of the House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight. Rogers has also served on the Joint Committee on Banks and Banking, the Joint Committee on Energy and the Joint Committee on Criminal Justice.
In January 1998, Rogers was appointed by House Speaker Thomas Finneran to chair a special legislative committee to reform adoption law in Massachusetts. His work on behalf of children and the elderly has been outstanding. He was recognized by Massachusetts Families for Kids, the Legislative Caucus on Foster Care and the Department of Social Services for his efforts as chairman of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Adoption, as well as authorship of the landmark adoption law of 1999. During his tenure as chairman of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, Rogers played an integral role in the passage of the 1998 Courthouse Bond Bill and the judicial compensation package.The Gala Dinner is a separately ticketed event. Tickets are $110 per person. Individuals or firms may reserve tables of 10 for $1,000 per table.