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Rogers Kelley Rogers Caswell Kelley
Full Name: Rogers Caswell Kelley
Date of birth: December 11, 1902
Date of death: October 24, 1982

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 27 Jan 13, 1953 - Jan 8, 1957 54th   53rd (1) (2)   Democrat Edinburg / Hidalgo Senate President Pro Tempore (53rd)   Cameron, Hidalgo
S 27 Jan 9, 1951 - Jan 13, 1953 52nd (3)   Democrat Edinburg / Hidalgo   Brooks, Cameron, Dimmit, Duval, Frio, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, La Salle, McMullen, Nueces, Starr, Webb, Willacy, Zapata, Zavala
S 27 Jan 14, 1947 - Jan 9, 1951 51st   50th   Democrat Edinburg / Hidalgo   Brooks, Cameron, Dimmit, Duval, Frio, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, La Salle, McMullen, Nueces, Starr, Webb, Willacy, Zapata, Zavala
S 27 Jan 12, 1943 - Jan 14, 1947 49th (4)   48th   Democrat Edinburg / Hidalgo   Brooks, Cameron, Dimmit, Duval, Frio, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, La Salle, McMullen, Nueces, Starr, Webb, Willacy, Zapata, Zavala
S 27 Jan 10, 1939 - Jan 12, 1943 47th   46th (5)   Democrat Edinburg / Hidalgo   Brooks, Cameron, Dimmit, Duval, Frio, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, La Salle, McMullen, Nueces, Starr, Webb, Willacy, Zapata, Zavala
(1) 53rd Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, Regular Session, elected 1/13/1953. Senate Journal.
(2) 53rd Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/14/1953, pp. 16-17. Drew 4-year term. Senate Journal.
(3) 2-year term; entire Senate went up for reelection in 1952 due to redistricting. Texas Constitution Art. III, ยง3, Election and term of office of Senators.
(4) "The President also announced that Senator Kelley is now serving in the Armed Forces and is not expected to attend the Regular Session of the Forty-ninth Legislature." p. 8 Senate Journal.
(5) 46th Legislature - 1/10/1939, p. 2, listed in "Roll Call of Senators-Elect." Senate Journal.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Selected Newspaper articles
Biographical Sketches
  • Memorial, April 1983, p. 510. Texas Bar Journal.
  • Military Service Notes
  • World War II service, Lieutenant, "Legislature Faces Problem of Absences: Men in Armed Forces Can't Get Leave to Attend Sessions," 1/1/1943. Dallas Morning News.
  • Mentioned in "Lawmakers Pondering War, Duty," 2/27/2003. San Antonio Express-News.
  • "The President announces that Senator Kelley is now serving in the Armed Forces and is not expected to attend the Regular Session of the Forty-ninth Legislature." 49th Legislature, R.S., 1945, p. 8. Senate Journal.
  • Pictured in uniform in 48th Senate composite photo and listed as Lt. Rogers Kelley; Pictured in uniform and listed as Capt. Rogers Kelley in the 49th Senate composite. State Preservation Board.
  • State Preservation Board
  • United States Air Force, Captain. "His (Kelley's) senate career was interrupted during World War II. He was a combat intelligence officer with the 20th Air Force's B-29 group. He was stationed on Saipan in the Marianas Islands. He was discharged with the rank of captain in 1945." Memorial, April 1983, p. 510. Texas Bar Journal.
  • United States Air Force. Photo and salute. With Honor and Gratitude: A Special Thank You to Our Texas Senate Members Who Served Our Country, 2017.
  • Other Resources
  • Rogers Caswell Kelley, death date 10/24/1982 in Hidalgo County. FamilySearch Texas Death Index, 1964-1998.
  • Rogers Caswell Kelley, birth date 12/11/1902, death date 10/24/1982, interment in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio. Photo in military uniform. Find a Grave.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Rogers Kelley, 46th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Rogers Kelley, 47th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Rogers Kelley, 48th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Rogers Kelley, 49th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Rogers Kelley, 50th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Rogers Kelley, 51st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Rogers Kelley, 52nd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Rogers Kelley, 53rd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Rogers Kelley, 54th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 46th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 47th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 48th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 49th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 50th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 51st session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 52nd session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 53rd session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 54th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    54th R.S. - 1955
    Agriculture  
    Civil Jurisprudence  
    Congressional Districts  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Contingent Expenses  
    Criminal Jurisprudence  
    Education  
    Finance  
    Game and Fish  
    Highways and Motor Traffic  
    Judicial Districts  
    Military and Veterans Affairs (Vice Chair) 
    Nominations of the Governor  
    Oil, Gas and Conservation  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Health  
    State Affairs  
    Water Rights, Irrigation and Drainage (Chair) 
    53rd R.S. - 1953
    Agricultural Affairs  
    Banking  
    Civil Jurisprudence  
    Committee of the Whole Senate  
    Congressional Districts  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Criminal Jurisprudence  
    Educational Affairs  
    Finance  
    Game and Fish  
    Judicial Districts  
    Military and Veterans' Affairs  
    Nominations of the Governor  
    Oil, Gas and Conservation  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Health  
    State Affairs  
    State Highways and Motor Traffic  
    Stock and Stock Raising  
    Towns and City Corporations  
    Water Rights, Irrigation and Drainage  
    52nd R.S. - 1951
    Agricultural Affairs  
    Civil Jurisprudence  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Corporation Laws Revision, Special  
    Criminal Jurisprudence  
    Educational Affairs  
    Finance (Vice Chair) 
    Game and Fish  
    Insurance  
    Judicial Districts  
    Military and Veterans' Affairs  
    Nominations of the Governor  
    Privileges and Elections (Vice Chair) 
    Public Health  
    Representative Districts  
    Senatorial Districts (Chair) 
    State Affairs  
    State Highways and Motor Traffic  
    Stock and Stock Raising  
    Water Rights, Irrigation and Drainage (Chair) 
    51st R.S. - 1949
    Agriculture  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Criminal Jurisprudence (Vice Chair) 
    Finance  
    Game and Fish  
    Highways and Motor Traffic  
    Judicial Districts  
    Labor  
    Military Affairs (Chair) 
    Nominations of the Governor  
    Oil, Gas and Conservation  
    Public Health  
    Stock and Stock Raising  
    Veterans' Affairs (Chair) 
    Water Code (Chair) 
    Water Rights, Irrigation and Drainage (Chair) 
    50th R.S. - 1947
    Aeronautics  
    Agriculture  
    Civil Jurisprudence  
    Constitutional Amendments (Chair) 
    Finance  
    Game and Fish  
    Highways and Motor Traffic  
    Judicial Districts  
    Nominations of Governor  
    Oil, Gas and Conservation  
    Public Health  
    Representative Districts  
    Senatorial Districts (Chair) 
    State Affairs  
    Stock and Stock Raising  
    Veterans' Affairs  
    49th R.S. - 1945
    Aeronautics  
    Civil Jurisprudence  
    Criminal Jurisprudence  
    Finance  
    Highways and Motor Traffic  
    Interstate Cooperation  
    Privileges and Elections (Chair) 
    Senatorial Districts  
    State Affairs  
    Towns and City Corporations  
    48th R.S. - 1943
    Civil Jurisprudence  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Criminal Jurisprudence  
    Education  
    Finance  
    Highways and Motor Traffic  
    Judicial Districts  
    Labor  
    Military Affairs  
    Oil, Gas and Conservation  
    Public Health  
    Rural Aid, Special  
    Senatorial Districts  
    State Affairs (Chair) 
    Stock and Stock Raising  
    47th R.S. - 1941
    Agriculture  
    Criminal Jurisprudence  
    Education (Chair) 
    Finance  
    Game and Fish  
    Highways and Motor Traffic  
    Insurance (Vice Chair) 
    Mining, Irrigation and Drainage  
    Rural Aid Advisory, Special  
    Rural Aid Legislative Advisory, Special  
    Senatorial Districts (Vice Chair) 
    State Affairs  
    Stock and Stock Raising  
    46th R.S. - 1939
    Agriculture  
    Criminal Jurisprudence  
    Education (Vice Chair) 
    Finance  
    Game and Fish  
    Highways and Motor Traffic  
    Insurance  
    Mining, Irrigation and Drainage  
    Senatorial Districts (Chair) 
    Stock and Stock Raising  
     

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