James Roosevelt (lawyer)

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James Roosevelt III
Co-chair of the Rules and Bylaws Committee of the Democratic National Committee
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1945-11-09) November 9, 1945 (age 72)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Ann Martha Conlon (m. 1968)
Children 3
Parents James Roosevelt
Romelle Theresa Schneider
Relatives See Roosevelt family
Alma mater Harvard University
Harvard Law School
Harvard Business School
Occupation Attorney, politician

James Roosevelt III (born November 9, 1945)[1] is an attorney, Democratic Party official, and a grandson of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt. As of 2017, he is the co-chair of the Rules and Bylaws Committee of the Democratic National Committee, a position he has held since 1995.

Early life[edit]

Roosevelt was born on November 9, 1945 to Congressman James Roosevelt (1907–1991) and Romelle Theresa Schneider (1915–2002).[2] His two full siblings are Michael (born December 7, 1946) and Anna (born January 10, 1948). Through his father, he has two elder half-sisters (Sara and Kate), a younger half-brother (Hall), and a younger half-sister (Rebecca). His paternal grandparents were President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882–1945) and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962).

Roosevelt graduated from La Salle High School in Pasadena in 1963. He earned his A.B. with honors in government from Harvard College in 1968, his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1971 and later completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.


On June 12, 1968, following his graduation from Harvard, he was commissioned in the Naval Reserve and rose to the rank of lieutenant on July 1, 1971.[3]

After obtaining his J.D. from Harvard Law, Roosevelt spent 10 years as partner at Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston, Massachusetts. Roosevelt was the associate commissioner for Retirement Policy for the Social Security Administration before joining Tufts Health Plan in 1999 as senior vice president and general counsel. He held that position until June 2005, when he became President and Chief Executive Officer of Tufts Health Plan.[4]

In 1986, he ran for Congress, losing the Democratic Primary to Joseph P. Kennedy, II.[5]

He has also served as chief legal counsel for the Massachusetts Democratic Party. He is past chairman of the board of trustees for the Massachusetts Hospital Association, past president of the American Health Lawyers Association and past chairman of the board of trustees for Mount Auburn Hospital. Currently, Roosevelt serves as chairman of the board of directors for Massachusetts Association of Health Plans, and as a member of the boards at America's Health Insurance Plans, Catholic Democrats, Emmanuel College, and the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center.

He was called upon in 2008 to oversee hearings on controversies related to seating delegates from Florida and Michigan to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Roosevelt was described as "detail-oriented," and as having great "institutional knowledge." He had not publicly endorsed either Clinton or Obama before the committee meeting.[6][7][8]

Personal life[edit]

On June 15, 1968, Roosevelt married Ann Martha Conlon.[9][10] Together, they have three daughters:[11]

  • Kathleen Ann Roosevelt (born 1978), who married Jeffrey Walker in 2007.[12]
  • Theresa Marie "Tracy" Roosevelt (born 1982), who married Robert O’Loughlin in 2016.[13]
  • Maura Amy Roosevelt (born 1984), who married Joshua Fisher in 2014.[14]


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