Roger worked as a Certified Public accountant until he joined his family’s business at Niello Auto Group in 1974 and spent the next 25 years running retail automobile dealerships with his family partners. After serving as the President of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, Roger was elected to the Board of Supervisors and later, the State Assembly.
In the Assembly, Roger was appointed to the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee and also served in positions on the Assembly Budget, and Transportation Committees. In addition, he served for a brief time on the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. Roger has also served on the Joint Committee on Emergency Services and Homeland Security and the Select Committee on Foster Care.
Throughout his public service, Roger has put his business skills to work by promoting legislation to produce a better economic climate. In the Assembly, he helped craft legislation to spur economic development and job creation while promoting budget reforms such as a spending cap and rainy day fund to prevent future budget crises.
He has authored legislation to cut the waste from government and worked to reduce the regulatory burden on small business. With a background in local government, Roger understands the concerns of local officials and has fought to eliminate the burdensome mandates that Sacramento places on cities and counties.
Roger and his wife Mary reside in Fair Oaks. They have five adult children and four grandchildren