Ambassador Francis Rooney represents Florida’s 19th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.
He is a successful businessman who brings decades of private sector experience to Washington. In 1984 Ambassador Rooney and his family started Rooney Holdings, Inc., a diversified group of companies including construction, real estate development, finance and electronics manufacturing.
One of the company’s subsidiaries is Manhattan Construction Company, which was founded in 1896 and is in the fifth generation of Rooney family management. Significant projects the company has built include the Presidential Libraries for both George H. W. Bush in College Station, Texas, and George W. Bush in Dallas, Texas; the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans football stadiums; the U. S. Capitol Visitor’s Center; the Walter Reed Army Institute for Research; and the International Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. The company is currently completing one of the few biohazard level four medical and research facilities for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Detrick, Maryland.
In addition to his business career, Rooney and his family have a longstanding tradition of public and community service. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as U. S. Ambassador to the Holy See from 2005 to 2008, and has served on numerous public and private boards, including Naples Community Hospital, the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation, the University of Oklahoma College of International Studies, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, the Advisory Board of the Panama Canal Authority and the Young Presidents’ Organization (for which he served as the International President in 1997-1998).
A graduate of Georgetown University (A.B.1975) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 1978), Rooney has honorary degrees from the University of Notre Dame (2006) and the University of Dallas (2010). He is a former member of the Texas and District of Columbia Bars, and holds a U. S. Coast Guard 100 Ton Masters License (sailing endorsement).
In the 115th Congress, Rooney served as Vice-Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee and a member of the Joint Economic Committee. In the 116th Congress, Rooney serves as ranking member of the Western Hemisphere subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee. He is the Republican co-chair of the Climate Solutions Caucus and a member of the bi-partisan Everglades and Estuary caucuses, which focus on restoring Florida’s ecosystems. Rooney’s top congressional priorities include extending the moratorium on offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and fully funding the projects contained in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) to protect and restore the Lake Okeechobee watershed.
He and his wife Kathleen live in Southwest Florida and have three children: Larry, married to Porscha; Michael, married to Frances; and Kathleen, married to Rob; one grandson, Beckett; and one granddaughter, Bergen.