James C. Kenny

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James C. Kenny
James C. Kenny, US Dept of State photo portrait.jpg
United States Ambassador to Ireland
In office
October 31, 2003 – August 13, 2006
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Richard J. Egan
Succeeded by Thomas C. Foley
Personal details
Born 1953
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Children 4
Alma mater Bradley University

James Casey Kenny (born 1953) is a Chicago businessman who served as United States Ambassador to Ireland from 2003 to 2006.[1][2]


Kenny received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.[3] He was executive vice president of Kenny Construction Company from 1994 to 2012, and president of Kenny Management Services from 2006 to 2012.[3]

Former President George H. W. Bush, whose Presidential campaign was financially supported by Kenny,[1] appointed Kenny to the National Corporation for Housing Partnerships. Kenny also served on the transition team for President George W. Bush from 2000 to 2001, and he was a member of President Bush’s first overseas delegation in February 2002, traveling to Nicaragua for the inauguration of President Enrique Bolaños.[4]

Kenny was appointed as ambassador to Ireland on October 6, 2003.[2] After confirmation by the Senate, he presented his credentials to the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, on October 31, 2003.[5][6] Kenny's formal title was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.[2] He served as ambassador until August 13, 2006.[2]

Kenny received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2005, from Lynn University and American College Dublin.[4] In 2011, Kenny was elected to the board of directors of Kerry Group, and in 2016 he was elected to the board of Hub Group.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Kenny and his wife, Margaret, have four children.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Bush nominates Kenny for Ambassador". RTÉ. July 9, 2003. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "James Casey Kenny (1953–)". history.state.gov. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "James C. Kenny". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c "James C. Kenny". americanambassadors.org. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  5. ^ "James C. Kenny Former United States Ambassador to Ireland". whitehouse.gov. Retrieved April 20, 2017 – via georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov. 
  6. ^ "New US Ambassador presents credentials". The Irish Times. October 31, 2003. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  7. ^ "JAMES C. KENNY". hubgroup.com. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Richard J. Egan
United States Ambassador to Ireland
Succeeded by
Thomas C. Foley