Art Rooney II
|Date of birth:||September 14, 1952|
|Place of birth:||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States|
|College:||University of Pittsburgh, (B.A), '78
Duquesne University, (J.D.), '82
Career highlights and awards
Rooney is the oldest of nine children of Dan and Patricia Rooney. The Rooney family has owned the Steelers since the team's founding by Art II's grandfather and namesake Art Rooney in 1933. Art II grew up around the team, serving as an unofficial ball boy from the age of nine.
Rooney attended the University of Pittsburgh from which he received a B.A in political science in 1978. He then attended law school at Duquesne University earning his (J.D.) and receiving highest honors in legal ethics and responsibilities in 1982. He also attended Exeter University in Exeter, England where he studied international business transactions and the law of the European economic community.
After being admitted to the Pennsylvania bar in 1982, Rooney spent the next 20 years practicing law. He served as chairman of the firm Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling and currently is a partner in Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney following a merger of the two firms. His legal practice has concentrated in the areas of corporate finance, sports law and government affairs. In the 1980 Rooney II joined a Pittsburgh law firm and there he met and became good friends with Jack Barbour. When it came time for the Steelers to restructure ownership Rooney turned to his long time friend and colleague Jack Barbour to oversee the deal. This restructuring was one of the most complicated deals that Rooney II had ever seen and that Barbour had ever handled.
The Pittsburgh Steelers were founded 13 years after the National Football League (NFL) began. He was handed down presidency of the Steelers organization in 2003.
Rooney and his wife Greta have four children, Meghan, Dan, Mary and Annie. He serves on numerous corporate and charitable boards. Some of which include the Public School Employees' Retirement System, Pittsburgh Children's Museum, Pittsburgh Public Theater, and the Greater Pittsburgh Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
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- "Steelers Football". SteelersDepot.com. Archived from the original on 12 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
- Mihoces, Gary (January 30, 2009). "Rooneys keep Steelers on an even keel". USA Today. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
- Bouchette, Ed. "Art Rooney II replaces father as Steelers president." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 22 July 2003. http://www.post-gazette.com/steelers/20030722rooney0722p1.asp
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