GARY, Ind. (AP) — One of the longest-serving members of the Indiana Legislature says she won’t seek re-election in November.
Democratic Sen. Earline Rogers of Gary announced Tuesday she has decided to retire after serving 26 years in the state Senate and eight years in the House. Rogers says it’s time to pass the torch for a new voice.
The 81-year-old Senate minority whip worked to help establish casino gaming in Indiana and helped win legislative approval last year for permanently docked riverboat casinos to relocate on adjacent land. Rogers was a Gary teacher for 38 years before becoming a lawmaker.
She plans to spend her final session in the Legislature pushing to provide resident tuition rates for children of parents in the country without legal permission and to expand pre-kindergarten pilot programs.