Francis Rooney

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L. Francis Rooney, United States Ambassador to the Holy See

L. Francis Rooney III (born December 4, 1953) is a former United States Ambassador to the Holy See, 2005-2008. He had served as the CEO of Rooney Holdings (formerly known as Rooney Brothers Company), an investment and holding company based in Naples, Florida and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

He is a graduate of the Georgetown Preparatory School, Georgetown University (A.B. 1975) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 1978). Rooney is the oldest of Laurence Francis and Lucy Turner Rooney's six children. His younger siblings are Patrick T. Rooney, Timothy P. Rooney, Lucy Rooney Kapples, James H. Rooney, and Rebecca Rooney.

Rooney is the majority owner of Manhattan Construction Company; he is the fourth generation of his family to own that company. Manhattan Construction built the new Cowboys Stadium in Texas, the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center at the United States Capitol, the Oklahoma State Capitol, the George Bush Presidential Library, the Cato Institute headquarters, New Orleans Sports Arena, and Reliant Stadium. The company is working on the George W. Bush Presidential Library earning it the distinction to be the only construction company to work on two presidential libraries. They have also done extensive projects for Morehouse College, George Washington University, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Georgia. The subsidiary won an estimated $100 million in Pentagon contracts in 2003, nearly four times the amount the company won in 2002, according to the Center for Public Integrity.

Activities in Central America[edit]

Rooney is a member of the Advisory Board of the Panama Canal Authority. He was among the U.S. delegation led by Colin Powell to the inauguration of Panamanian president Martín Torrijos.

Political activities[edit]

Rooney is a major Republican donor, having contributed to the campaign of George W. Bush. Rooney served on the fundraising team of Connie Mack IV.[1] Rooney donated $1 million to Restore Our Future, Mitt Romney's Super PAC,[2] and Rooney hosted a fundraiser for Romney in Rooney's Naples, Florida home.[3] In 2015, Rooney gave over $2 million to Jeb Bush's Super PAC.[4]

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  1. ^ Derby, Kevin (6 December 2011). "GOP Senate Hopeful Connie Mack Gets the Backing of Financial Heavy Hitters". Sunshine State News. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Wolford, Ben (5 February 2012). "Naples residents gave $1.25 million to super-PAC promoting Romney candidacy". Naples Daily News. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Haake, Garrett (15 April 2012). "Mitt Romney rakes in cash during spring break". NBC News. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Fredreka Schouten and Christopher Schnaars (July 31, 2015). "GOP's big donors rally to help Jeb Bush". USA Today. 

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
James Nicholson
U. S. Ambassador to the Holy See
Succeeded by
Mary Ann Glendon