Roger J. Katz
Republican

banner-personalOffice Sought: Senator – District 15
Age: 67
Occupation: Attorney
Education: Cony High School; Harvard College; Boston University School of Law
Family: Married – wife, Birdie; Children – Jonathan & Shari
Hometown: Augusta

Political experience

From 2006 until 2010 I served as Mayor of Augusta. During those years, I focused on the fiscal health of the city as well as efforts to invigorate the riverfront and downtown. I am proud of the progress we made.

I have now served three terms in the State Senate. During those six years I have served on the Appropriations Committee and chaired the Government Oversight Committee, working to balance state budgets, investigate the scandal at the Maine Turnpike Authority, and trying to be a voice for civility, moderation, and good government. Although I am proud to be a Republican, I have not been afraid to be critical of the chief executive when I felt it was called for and have been willing to work with Republicans and Democrats alike to pass a good public policy. I feel proud every single day I walk into the Statehouse.

Why are you running for office?

While growing up in Augusta, my dad served in the State Senate. Politics and public policy were a constant source of discussion around the dinner table. I was taught that giving back to your community, performing some kind of public service and “being in the arena” was part of being a good citizen. Some of my friends coach Little League. Some volunteer at the local food kitchen. Some do work for the church or synagogue. For me, my way of giving back has been through elected office. Working with others, I actually get a chance to help make life a little better both for those in my community and around the state. I was lucky enough to raise my own family here and I want others to have the same opportunity. We have the most beautiful state in the country and some of the hardest workers, and yet economic prosperity alludes many of us. I am dedicated to helping try to figure out how to turn that around.

 

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