by Rogette Nicole Harris
Announcement: BattleGround PA, a PennLive Podcast, is a unique podcast about American politics and strategic communications…
Meet Rogette Nicole Harris:
Rogette Harris has been following American politics from a young age. As a teenager, she became involved with civil rights issues and became President of an NAACP Youth Chapter.
At the age of 16, she worked with the PA House of Representatives to draft a bill to look into nonpublic schools that receive state and/or federal funds but are not held to the same scrutiny, regulations, and policies that public schools are held to due to discrimination incidents that occurred to her.
In 2000, when she was able to vote in a Presidential election for the first time, the historic recount election decided by the U.S. Supreme Court between Vice President Al Gore and Governor George W. Bush propelled her into politics on a much deeper level and she hasn’t looked back. She then ran for President of the University of Pittsburgh Democrats and won to become the first African American to hold that title.
While in graduate school, Rogette was engaged in American politics professionally and worked at the Democratic National Committee. After school, she moved back to Pennsylvania and worked at the PA House of Representatives, where she spent 10 years writing and creating policy. In 2014, Rogette became the youngest woman and first African American elected Chair of the Democratic Party in Dauphin County, PA.
After her unanimous re-election in 2018, Rogette is the only African American county chair in the state of Pennsylvania. As Chair, her accomplishments include growing the donor base to open the first permanent headquarters in Dauphin County. She was also elected the first AfricanAmerican woman to lead the National Women’s Political Caucus of Pennsylvania from 2009-2012.
Rogette is now a political analyst, as well as a research, policy, and communications specialist. She currently is a contributor opinion writer for PA Pennlive.com/The Patriot News and the Soultown Magazine. She also is the Democratic anchor for Pennlive’s new BattleGround PA Podcast where she debates issues pertaining to Washington D.C. and the 2020 elections alongside FOX news analyst Jeffrey Lord.
Rogette is completing her first book entitled "Madam Chair" that outlines her experiences as an African American woman in politics. She served as a guest lecturer at the Harrisburg Area Community College, York, PA and as a GED teacher at the Academy of Hope in Washington DC.
Rogette’s passion has brought her several achievements, which include being the first person in Pennsylvania to win the Gloster B. Current nationalLeadership award from the Nat’l NAACP and the first to win it for three consecutive years.She was a 40 under 40 award recipient from the Central Penn Business Journal in 2010, a Woman of Excellence Recipient from the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg in 2016, and an MLK Jr. DREAM Catcher Award recipient 2019.
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About BattleGround PA, a PennLive Podcast:
You would think Democrat Rogette Harris and Trump stalwart Jeffrey Lord would agree on absolutely nothing. She’s decidedly progressive. He’s determinedly conservative. But they have more in common than meets the eye. Joyce M. Davis's job as anchor of the Battleground PA podcasts will be to point out where the perspectives differ, but also where they agree — whether they like it or not.
Harris is a respected Democratic leader in Pennsylvania, and Lord is known as one of President Donald Trump’s strongest supporters. They will be the main protagonists in Battleground PA, but they also will invite other local and national analysts to square off in the months leading up to the presidential election.
As Lord and Harris show in the first Battleground PA podcast, they know Pennsylvania politics and the players well. And they were united on one key issue — whoever enters the White House in 2021 needs to win Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes in 2020.
About the Author:
Rogette Nicole Harris, the author of ‘Madam Chair,’ regularly reads articles and books about many and varied topics when she is not writing.
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