About the Author
Born in Tennessee, Roger K. Rutledge spent his early years in Appalachia before moving with his family to northern Virginia and New Jersey. His interest in politics and government developed during his years as an undergradute at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Upon attaining a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in history, he served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal. He then entered the United States Foreign Service, serving in Washington and Italy. Law school followed, and he earned a Juris Doctor degree cum laude from the American University in Washington, D.C. His career in the private practice of law in Memphis, Tennessee spans thirty-five years, during which he has handled a variety of civil matters. He has actively participated in numerous political campaigns for various candidates on the State and national level and takes an interest in public affairs.