Robert Tiernan

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Robert Tiernan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 2nd district
In office
March 28, 1967 – January 3, 1975
Preceded by John E. Fogarty
Succeeded by Edward Beard
Member of the Rhode Island State Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1929-02-24)February 24, 1929
Providence, Rhode Island
Died October 15, 2014(2014-10-15) (aged 85)
South Kingstown, Rhode Island
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Dorothy A. Tiernan
Children Michael M. Tiernan
Robert O. Tiernan Jr.
Christopher P. Tiernan
Profession Businessman

Robert Owens Tiernan (February 24, 1929 – October 15, 2014) was an American lawyer and politician from Rhode Island. He served in the Rhode Island State Senate and was a member of the United States House of Representatives.

Early life[edit]

Tiernan was born in Providence, Rhode Island and attended La Salle Academy. He earned his A.B. from Providence College in 1953 and his J.D. from Catholic University Law School in 1956.[1] He was admitted to the bar in 1956 and began practicing law.

Political career[edit]

He began his political career as a Democratic member of the Rhode Island State Senate in 1960 and served until 1967.[2] In 1967, he was elected to the Ninetieth Congress by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative John E. Fogarty.[3] He was reelected to the Ninety-first, Ninety-second and Ninety-third Congresses, serving from March 28, 1967 to January 3, 1975. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination to the Ninety-fourth Congress in 1974.[4]

From April 1975 to November 1981, he was a member of the Federal Election Commission. He served as chairman of the Commission in 1980,[5] and after leaving the Commission he resumed the practice of law in Providence.[6]

Family life[edit]

Tiernan and his wife Dorothy A. Tiernan have three sons: Michael M. Tiernan, Robert O. Tiernan Jr., and Christopher P. Tiernan. His wife Dorothy died in 2001.[7]

He was a resident of South Kingstown, Rhode Island until his death on October 15, 2014.[8]


  1. ^ Capace, Nancy (2001). The Encyclopedia of Rhode Island. North American Book Dist LLC. p. 314. 
  2. ^ "Tiernan, Robert O.". Our Campaigns. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Rhode Island: Eroded Stronghold". Time. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ Capace, Nancy (2001). The Encyclopedia of Rhode Island. North American Book Dist LLC. p. 314. 
  5. ^ "Federal Election Commission" (PDF). Federal Election Commission. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Tiernan, Robert O.". Our Campaigns. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ "MCNALLY-L Archives". Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ G. Wayne Miller (18 October 2014). "Passages: Robert O. Tiernan, 85; was R.I. lawyer, state senator, congressman". Providence Journal. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • "Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Robert O. Tiernan, Democratic Representative from Rhode Island. Washington, D.C." by Grossman Publishers, 1972.

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John E. Fogarty
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Edward Beard

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website