June 11, 2014 was an historic election for the Dauphin County Democratic Committee (DCDC). Rogette Nicole Harris was the 1st African American to be ever elected as Chair of the committee.
Born and raised in Dauphin County, Rogette has over a decade worth of research and policy experience, and currently works for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where she researches important issues and writes legislation. Rogette is a research and policy expert on local, state, and urban issues. Educationally, she has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, dual Master degrees in Public Administration and Business Administration, which she completed in Washington D.C. She is one of 55 women nationally and abroad to be accepted into the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University in 2007.
Rogette's passion has always been to help others through public service and to create policies that help people's lives for the better. As the first African-American woman elected State President of the National Women’s Political Caucus in Pennsylvania, Rogette has worked tirelessly on gender equality issues such as pay equity, healthcare costs such as access to contraceptives and cancer screenings, domestic violence and sexual assault, and flex time/maternity leave rights.
As a freelance writer, Rogette is a community columnist for Central Pennsylvania's regional paper the Patriot News/Pennlive.com, and has had research published entitled: "Long-Term Government Funded Problems: A Study of Their Impact on Poverty in the United States." Furthermore former Governor Ed. Rendell nominated Rogette to participate in the American Council of Young Political Leaders, International Political Exchange Program.
Rogette’s vision for the DCDC includes building up local communities through education by starting a local government training institute. She also wants to provide quarterly training sessions for committee people, volunteers, and candidates. In addition, Rogette’s wants to implement an aggressive GOTV plan while building a strong grassroots organization, and elect more elected officials on the municipality level, the DCDC’s political strength will be stronger. Rogette’s vision also includes to have issue forums to get voters more involved with the Democratic Party.
Rogette believes that the committee person is the most important person in a grassroots organization; and she plans to build the DCDC from the bottom up. These individuals are the strength of the Democratic Party and will be instrumental in getting out a strong get out the vote campaign (GOTV).