During his campaign for state representative, Dave Rogers told of his family's experience relying on government assistance – social security survivors benefits – after his father suddenly died when Rogers was 12 years old, praising his mother, Maxine Fitzgerald Rogers, for keeping the family together to where all the children were able to attend college.
So it was appropriate that when Rogers was sworn in the State House as the representative for the 24th Middlesex District (the "ABC" District comprising Belmont and sections of Arlington and Cambridge) in the Massachusetts House on Wednesday, Jan. 2, Ms. Rogers, along with his siblings and nephew and niece were in attendance.
"It was particularly poignant for me to have my Mom in attendance and a chair was set up for her next to my official chair on the House floor. We were able to enjoy the proceedings together. She just turned 92 and is an inspiration to our entire family," said Rogers in an email to Belmont Patch.
"I am deeply honored to represent the amazing people of Belmont and the entire 24th Middlesex District. I am already busily working to pursue our shared values and in fact have been doing so since right after the election," said Rogers.
"It promises to be a busy year in the State House with many important legislative initiatives ahead. I want to again thank my family and the many friends and supporters who made this day possible."