|52nd Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts|
|Preceded by||Kevin H. White|
|Succeeded by||Thomas M. Menino|
|United States Ambassador to the Holy See|
|Preceded by||Thomas Patrick Melady|
|Succeeded by||Lindy Boggs|
|Born||Raymond Leo Flynn
July 22, 1939
South Boston, Massachusetts
|Alma mater||Providence College|
Raymond Leo Flynn (born July 22, 1939), also known as Ray Flynn, served as Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts from 1984 until 1993. He was later appointed United States Ambassador to the Holy See (1993–1997) by President Bill Clinton.
Before entering politics, Flynn was an All-American basketball player at Providence College, was selected Most Valuable Player in the 1963 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) during his senior year, and was the last player cut from the then-World Champion Boston Celtics. Earlier, he was drafted in 1963 by the Syracuse Nationals (who later moved to Philadelphia to become the 76ers) in the fourth round of that year's NBA draft.
Flynn began his political career as a Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1971 to 1979, representing the South Boston neighborhood during the turbulent busing crisis of the early 1970s. He later served on the Boston City Council from 1978 to 1984, before successfully running for Mayor of Boston in 1983. He was reelected in 1987 and again in 1991.
Flynn, a lifelong pro-life activist, was instrumental in drawing the pro-life, Catholic vote to pro-choice Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas in his 1992 bid for the White House against incumbent George H. W. Bush. In 1993, Flynn resigned during his third term as mayor when he was appointed by Clinton to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.
In 2012 Flynn crossed party lines to star in television ads advocating the re-election of Republican United States Senator Scott Brown. He also voiced support for Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president.
In 1999, Flynn became president of Catholic Alliance, a nonpartisan Catholic advocacy group. In this role, while remaining a Democrat, he and the Catholic Alliance endorsed George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential election. He became president of another Catholic political advocacy organization, Your Catholic Voice. Flynn left this group to start Catholic Citizenship, serving as its National Chairman from 2004 until 2008. Since 2004 he has also served on the advisory board of Catholics for the Common Good, a lay apostolate for evangelization of culture. In 2010, he supported the successful candidacy of Republican Scott Brown for the United States Senate.
In 2007, he was named Grand Marshall of the 246th consecutive New York St. Patrick's Day Parade. Additionally, in 2007 he joined the College of Fellows of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, CA.
Flynn is the co-author of two books:
- Ray Flynn, Robin Moore. The Accidental Pope: A Novel. St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 0-312-28298-2.
- Ray Flynn, Robin Moore, James Vrabel (2002). John Paul II: A Personal Portrait of the Pope and the Man. St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 0-312-28328-8.
|Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts
Thomas Patrick Melady
|US Ambassador to the Holy See
Corinne Claiborne Boggs