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25th Congressional District candidate profile: Dr. Lee Rogers

Posted: June 2, 2012 11:16 p.m.
Updated: June 2, 2012 11:16 p.m.

Dr. Lee Rogers

 

A podiatrist renowned for advocating amputation prevention wants to remove the 25th Congressional District’s representative from office.

Dr. Lee C. Rogers is the lone Democrat seeking to unseat Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon after 20 years of Republican representation.

Rogers — who lives in suburban Simi Valley north of Highway 118 with his wife, Susan, 2-year-old daughter Emma and daughter Lillian Carol, born March 1 — is co-director of the Amputation Prevention Center at Valley Presbyterian Hospital on Vanowen Street in Van Nuys.

He was born in Elgin, Illinois, in 1978.

A graduate of Des Moines University, he did his residency in foot surgery at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers in New York, then completed a fellowship in diabetic limb salvage and research at Scholl’s Center for Lower Extremity Ambulatory Research in Chicago.

Before moving to California, he served as director of the Amputation Prevention Center at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

He says on his website that he’s running for Congress because he’s “fed up with the partisanship in Washington and a Congress that is dominated by career politicians.”

He writes: “Our nation’s financial woes are largely caused by irresponsible behavior by officials we’ve sent to Washington. We need a legislator who will be accountable to the district, not to special interest groups or party interests.”

“We all know you can’t spend more money than you bring in,” writes Rogers, who is considered a leader in his field and has won several national awards for research and advocacy.

“Through taxes and other income sources, Washington brings in about $6.9 billion every day and spends about $10.5 billion. In 2011, the government spent about $1.27 trillion more than it made.

“This imbalance must be repaired.”

Rogers has gone after McKeon with persistence, appearing at a recent Santa Clarita City Council meeting to denounce McKeon’s failure to block a giant sand and gravel mine in Canyon Country.

Earlier in the campaign he bought a “power lunch” with McKeon during a charity fundraising auction.

He has yet to collect on that lunch, but remains determined to do so.

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