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Name  Edwina Rogers
Education  University of Alabama
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Born  May 27, 1964 (age 51) (1964-05-27) Alabama
Known for  Conservative lobbyist, Executive Director of the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative" and "White House, National Economic Council Associate Director

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Edwina Rogers (born May 27, 1964) has served in public policy positions in the US Senate, White House, private, and international sectors for over twenty years. She has worked for two Presidents and four Senators, and founded or directed lobbying firms for public health issues. From 2012 to 2014, she was the Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America.


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Background and Education

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Edwina Rogers grew up in rural Alabama. She attended the University of Alabama on scholarship and received her BS in Corporate Finance, then went on to law school at The Catholic University of America (CUA), earning her J.D. while working several jobs. Rogers was a Fellow at the Kennedy School at Harvard during 1996.

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In 1989, she married Ed Rogers, a protege of political strategist Lee Atwater who served in two administrations and founded a lobbying firm with former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour. The couple lived in an 18,000-square-foot mansion in McLean, had two children, and named their son Haley. The couple divorced in 2012 .

White House

Rogers worked on International Trade matters for President George H. W. Bush at the Department of Commerce from 1989 to 1991. She practiced law in the Washington office of Balch and Bingham from 1991 until 1994, then served as General Counsel of the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the Republican take-over of the Senate in 1994. She worked for Senator Trent Lott while he was a Majority Leader in 1999.

She was an Economic Advisor for President George W. Bush at the White House during 2001 and 2002 at the National Economic Council, focusing on health and social security policy.


Rogers handled health policy for Senator Jeff Sessions in 2003 and 2004 before serving as Vice President of the Health Policy for the ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974) Industry Committee (ERIC) in Washington, DC from May 2004 until January 2009. ERIC advocates the employee benefits and compensation interests of America’s major employers.

She worked with Senator Coverdell to establish the Fair Government Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan organization established to research and educate the public on First Amendment rights, campaign finance and political action committees, lobbying, government ethics and election law fairness issues


Rogers was a Fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1996.

Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC)

She served as the founding Executive Director of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative from 2006-2011, a Washington DC trade association, responsible for the national Patient Centered Medical Home movement and implementing the model around the US. She also served on the Board of Directors of Semco Energy, Inc. (NYSE: SEN) a natural gas distribution company until 2007.

Center for Prison Reform

Most recently, Edwina Rogers is now the CEO of the Center for Prison Reform for Non-Violent Offenders, a lobby group helping to promote reform of the United States prison system as it relates to non-violent offenders. She also served on the Board of Directors of Semco Energy, Inc. (NYSE: SEN) a natural gas distribution company[7] until 2007.

Secular Coalition for America

Rogers signed on as Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America . The Secular Coalition represents 11 member organizations and their members on Capitol Hill. Rogers’ selection came on the heels of the March 2012 Reason Rally, a Secular Coalition for America sponsored event that drew tens of thousands of atheists, agnostics, humanists and other non-theistic Americans to Washington, D.C.

The Secular Coalition for America emphasizes separation of church and state, and champions issues with which the Republican Party typically comes into conflict. The people on its staff and in its member organizations typically support gay marriage, think contraception should be more broadly available, and work against school vouchers that use public funds to support “religious indoctrination.” As a former Republican staffer, Rogers faced a great deal of scrutiny from the non-religious community when she joined the SCA.

In answer to her skeptical critics, Rogers describes herself as “nontheist” and as a libertarian-leaning economic conservative who is also “laissez-faire on social issues”. According to Rogers, being a professional lobbyist and political staffer meant going along with certain causes even when she didn't believe in them. In 2007, when Rogers was vice president of health policy for the ERISA Industry Committee, Rogers testified in the House against a bill mandating more generous mental-health coverage, even though she personally favored the legislation. And she handled health-policy issues for pro-life senator Jeff Sessions despite being pro-choice herself. Rogers states she has donated to Planned Parenthood over the past 25 years.

On June 6, 2014, the Secular Coalition for America announced that Rogers has moved on from her role.

Media appearances

Rogers has been a regular contributor of conservative newspaper columns, health and policy journals. She has written a conservative column for The Georgetowner newspaper in Washington, DC and is a regular strategist on cable news television. Rogers appeared as a commentator twice a week on Fox News and more than once a day on MSNBC.

Rogers made a guest appearance on The Real Housewives of D.C. in 2010 and in 2008 she demonstrated for another television crew her signature gift-giving style, which involved cutting up sheets of dollar bills and using them as wrapping paper. She says she started doing this years ago, as a “cheap” and “unique” way of wrapping inexpensive gifts while still complying with ethics rules governing gift-giving in Washington.


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