Jim Rappaport

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James Rappaport (Born 1956) is a real estate developer, entrepreneur, attorney, philanthropist, and Republican politician from Massachusetts.[1][2]

Political career[edit]

Rappaport's career began as a Concord real estate developer, a successful occupation that largely enabled him to self-finance in his 1990 Senate attempt against Senator John Kerry.[1][2][3][4] Though the polls showed early on that Rappaport, a GOP start-up, had a shot at the Senator, the campaign fizzled out by November, and he ended up losing by 13%. Rappaport was then elected as the Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman, a position he would hold from 1992 to 1997.[2][3] After being rumored as a possible Lt. Governor to then-Governor Jane Swift, Rappaport jumped in the Lt. Governor's race in 2002,[2][3] only to then be beaten by Mitt Romney's hand-chosen running-mate, Kerry Healey.

Current activities[edit]

Mr. Rappaport remains actively involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations, including serving in a number of leadership positions for the Combined Jewish Philanthropies. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute [5] as well as the Board of Overseers of Boston's Children's Hospital.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "New Boston Fund, Inc. - Senior Management: James W. Rappaport - Chairman, CEO and Director". Boston, MA: New Boston Fund, Inc. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Management Expertise: Jim Rappaport, Chairman". Boston, MA: Specialty Hospitals of America, LLC. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Rappaport Foundation: Board: Jim Rappaport". Boston, MA: Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ "THE 1990 CAMPAIGN; Massachusetts: Accentuating the Negative". The New York Times (New York: The New York Times Company). October 31, 1990. ISSN 0362-4331. OCLC 1645522. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.rappaportfoundation.org/about/board.html
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ray Shamie
Republican nominee for United States Senator from Massachusetts
(Class 2)

1990
Succeeded by
William Weld
Preceded by
Leon Lombardi
Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party
1992-1997
Succeeded by
Jean Inman