The American Odyssey of Roy Dominguez
Rogelio Dominguez and James B Lane, foreword by Evan Bayh, edited by James B Lane
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 07/12/2012
Format: Hardback 42 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-00232-7
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The son of Hispanic immigrants, Rogelio "Roy" Dominguez grew up in gang-plagued Gary, Indiana. With strong family support, he managed to beat the odds, graduating with distinction from Indiana University, finishing law school after a rough start, and maturing into a successful attorney and officeholder. Yet there was more in store for Roy. Ready to start a family and embark on a career as a deputy prosecutor, he was stricken with Guillain-Barré syndrome. How he coped with and eventually overcame this debilitating affliction is a compelling part of his story. The experience steeled him to meet future crises with wisdom, perspective, and grit. An inspiring true story, Valor is also a significant and original contribution to the social, ethnic, and political history of Indiana.

Author Bio

Rogelio "Roy" Dominguez is a practicing attorney in Gary, Indiana. He served as a Deputy Prosecutor and was appointed chair of the Worker's Compensation Board by Governor Evan Bayh. After establishing a successful law practice, Dominguez was Sheriff of Lake County from 2002 to 2010.

James B. Lane is Professor Emeritus of History at Indiana University Northwest, co-director of the Calumet Regional Archives, editor of Steel Shavings magazine, and author of numerous books, including "City of the Century": A History of Gary, Indiana (IUP, 1978).


“The son of Hispanic immigrants, Roy Dominguez grew up in gang-plagued Gary, Indiana. This inspiring story of a man stricken with Guillain-Barré syndrome, and his growth into an attorney and officeholder, shows him emerging with wisdom, perspective, and grit.”

“A rags-to-riches story of a Mexican American who overcame many hardships to become the sheriff of Lake County, after a stellar career as a state trooper, attorney, and local political figure.”
 — Ronald Cohen, Emeritus Professor of History, IUNW

“An engaging and inspirational story . . . [with a] universal message of the importance of family and overcoming adversity.”
 — Stephen G. McShane, author of Steel Giants: Historical Images from the Calumet Regional Archives

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Evan Bayh
Chapter One: Roots
Chapter Two: Growing Up
Chapter Three: Teen Years
Chapter Four: Work and College
Chapter Five: State Trooper and Law Student
Chapter Six: Advances and Setbacks
Chapter Seven: Evan Bayh and Statewide Office
Chapter Eight: 1990s Political Campaigns
Chapter Nine: Becoming Lake County Sheriff
Chapter Ten: Triumph and Tragedy
Chapter Eleven: Second Term
Chapter Twelve: Dreaming Big
Conclusion: Core Values
Afterword by James B. Lane