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TLC Radio Interview with Judge James Rogan

Former Congressman Jim Rogan’s road to Washington was a long one. His cocktail waitress single mother became a convicted felon on welfare. Growing up in a tough San Francisco neighborhood, Rogan ended up expelled from high school. Eventually, he went back and earned degrees the hard way from U.C. Berkeley and UCLA Law School: for years he worked nights at dozens of menial jobs – - like bartending on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, and in seedy dives such as a Hells Angels biker bar and in strip clubs.

Upon graduation, one of the nation’s most prestigious law firms recruited Rogan, but he soon eschewed the blue chip clients, money and prestige for public service. He became a Crips and Bloods gang murder prosecutor in the Los Angeles County DA’s office, and later a state court judge, state legislator (becoming Majority Leader in his first term), and a Southern California congressman. As a freshman member of the House Judiciary Committee, he was chosen to help lead the prosecution in the impeachment and U.S. Senate trial of President Bill Clinton. Ironically, the first time Rogan met Clinton 20 years earlier, the young Arkansas politician urged a struggling Rogan to get his education and consider entering politics.

Rogan (a conservative Republican who barely won election twice in his liberal, Hollywood movie studio-based district) knew that taking a role in Clinton’s impeachment would cost him reelection, and he was right. After his defeat, Rogan served as U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce and as the Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office before returning home to California and his judicial roots. Rogan now serves as a judge of the Superior Court of California. He and his wife Christine have twin daughters, Dana and Claire. His two books, “Rough Edges: My Unlikely Road from Welfare to Washington” (Harper Collins, 2004) and “Catching Our Flag: Behind the Scenes of a Presidential Impeachment” (WND, 2011) received critical acclaim.


Do you have a difficult time making decisions? Especially the hard choices that will impact your life forever?

Well today my guest is Former Congressmen and now Superior Court Judge James Rogan, a man that makes decisions every day that will impact the future of individuals.

Judge Rogan’s story is one of choice and risk.

But before we hear from Judge Rogan let me share with you today’s scripture verse, Job 34:4:

“Let us choose for ourselves what is right; Let us know among ourselves what is good.”

Someone has said the Holy Spirit is likened to a sense in your gut. You just know what to do.


Life Coach Tammy’s One-Minute Tip

1) Make good choices.

Stop and ask, is this the right decision? Listen for discernment in your gut.

2) Take more risks.

Walk down the road of risk. Think of it this way; one side of the coin is risk and other is faith. Both are necessary to bring you to your intended goal.

 3) Accept God’s plan for you life.

Don’t look back. Look forward. Every step you take can be a step closer to God’s plan for your life.


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