G. Scott Romney
|G. Scott Romney|
|Born||George Scott Romney
June 7, 1941
|Religion||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)|
Sheri Jelalian (current)
George M. Romney
Mark H. Romney
George Scott Romney (born June 7, 1941) is an American Republican politician and lawyer in the state of Michigan. He formerly sat on the Michigan State University Board of Trustees. A member of the Pratt-Romney family—a well-known political family in Michigan—he is the son of former Michigan Governor George W. Romney and brother of the former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. He goes by the name of "Scott" in order to distinguish himself from his father.
Romney received his BA in economics from Michigan State University in 1966 and his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Harvard Law School in 1969. In 1976, he joined the law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn, LLP in Detroit. Prior to that, Scott Romney practiced law with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City. He also served as president of the Lakeway Corporation in Austin, Texas. He serves as a member of the board of directors of the Compuware Corporation. He also serves on the board of directors for Blue HealthCare Bank.
He is active in Hospice of Michigan, Convergence Transportation Electronics Association, The Children's Center of Wayne County, the National Conference for Community and Justice, Detroit Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, and New Detroit.
He was formerly married to Ronna Romney, the Republican U. S. Senate Candidate in Michigan in 1996, as well as Ellen Rogers, a Michigan television host. With Ronna Romney, he has five children: Kevin, George, Ronna, Mark, Christina. With Ellen Rogers, he has two children: Madison and Griffin. He also has eight grandchildren: Abigail, Nash, Isabella, Adelyn, Lucy, Camilla, Roxanne and Zoe. On July 1, 2011, he married, Sheri L. (Cope) Jelalian, widow of D. Reid Jelalian, in Kapolei, Hawaii. She was formerly married to Keith M. Varady and brings their son Matthew to the current marriage.
In 1998, Romney announced his candidacy for the office of Michigan Attorney General . That office had been held for 37 years by one person, Democrat Frank Kelley. However, for health reasons, Kelley announced his retirement as Michigan Attorney General that same year (1998). The Republican Governor at the time, John Engler, had backed U.S. Attorney John Smietanka against Kelley, despite the strong likelihood that Kelley would easily win re-election. However, upon Kelley's surprising announcement that he was not seeking re-election, Engler switched from supporting Smietanka to supporting Scott Romney for the Republican nomination. What followed was a power struggle at the Michigan Republican Party convention with influential Michigan Republican and Smietanka supporter Chuck Yob. Romney lost his bid for the nomination to become Michigan Attorney General; Smietanka won the nomination. Smietanka went on to lose the attorney general's race in the general election to the Democratic Party candidate, attorney Jennifer Granholm.
Governor Engler subsequently appointed Scott Romney to the Michigan State University Board of Trustees in August 2000. Romney ran for and won a full eight-year term in November 2000. He was defeated for reelection by Dianne Byrum in November 2008.
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