Marie Lopez RogersMaricopa County Supervisor, District 5
On June 4, 2014, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously selected former Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers as the new Maricopa County District 5 supervisor to replace former Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox.
From humble roots, to community activist, to civic leader. Marie Lopez Rogers is an Arizona native, born to migrant farm workers who taught her the value of hard work and the importance of giving back to our community.
As a child, Marie picked cotton in the fields of Avondale, South Phoenix, and Goodyear in order to help support the family. Her father challenged Marie to strive for the American Dream by pursing a college education. While they toiled in the cotton fields, Marie's father said, "If you don't want to be working in this heat, you better stay in school." Through sacrifice and determination, Marie became the first in her family to attend college.
Inspired by her mother's caring and charity, Marie served the communities of southwest Maricopa County for many years as community activist and in the social service field. Marie went on to cofound the Hispanic Leadership Forum, a nonprofit organization that has awarded many scholarships to university-bound students with Education majors, in hopes that they would return to the West Valley to teach in neighborhood schools.
Since 1996, Marie has led the City of Avondale – first as City Council member and for the past 10 years as the first Latina Mayor – with forward thinking ideas and smart economic development that have created quality jobs, safe neighborhoods, and stronger schools. Under Mayor Marie’s leadership, Avondale has been named "Best Places to Live" by CNN Money and is among the fastest growing cities in America.
Marie served as President of the National League of Cities and as Mayor served on the League of Arizona Cities & Towns' Executive Committee, where she has received a Distinguished Service Award and served as President of the Arizona Women in Municipal Government. Mayor Rogers also served as Chair on the Maricopa Association of Governments and was Chair of the Maricopa Association of Governments Economic Development Committee.
Marie and her husband, Eddie, have three sons and six grandchildren.