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Francis Rooney
Ambassador, Holy See
Term of Appointment: 10/13/2005 to 01/15/2008

Francis Rooney was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See on October 13, 2005.

Francis Rooney is the former Chief Executive Officer of Rooney Holdings, Inc., an investment and holding company based in Naples, Florida, with administrative offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Principal operating subsidiaries are: Manhattan Construction, a building contractor and construction manager founded in 1896, operating in the Southwest, Southeast and Middle Atlantic States, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean; M. J. Lee Construction, a bridge and heavy construction business in the Southwest; Hope Lumber and Supply, a supplier of building materials to professional builders in the Southwest, Southeast and Middle Atlantic States; and OAI Electronics, a contract electronics manufacturer and assembler with plants in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Mr. Rooney served on the Board of Directors of BOK Financial Corporation and the Bank of Oklahoma, NASDAQ; Helmerich and Payne, Inc., NYSE; and Cimarex Energy Company, NYSE.

Mr. Rooney has served as Vice-Chairman of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, appointed by Governor Keating (Oklahoma), and Director of the Oklahoma Capital Investment Board, appointed by Governor Bellmon (Oklahoma), and the 20/20 Committee and Washington Advisory Council for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington, DC. Mr. Rooney has also served as an Officer of the Texas Business Hall of Fame, Houston, Texas, and a Director of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, College Station, Texas. He also served on the transition team for Governor-Elect Brad Henry (Oklahoma), responsible for transportation and taxation issues. Mr. Rooney was a member of the Leadership Task Force, a Tulsa City and County planning group headed jointly by the Mayor and the Chairman of the County Commission, which developed the "Vision 2025" $900 million package of capital improvement and job creation projects approved by the public in September 2003. From 1992 to 1998 he was a Director of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) and served as International President from 1997-1998.

Mr. Rooney was a member of the Board and Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee of the St. Francis Health System, a large Catholic health system in Oklahoma; and as Chairman of the Board of Cascia Hall Preparatory School, an Augustinian middle and high school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He remains a member of the School of Architecture Council of The University of Notre Dame and a member of The Sovereign Military Order of Malta (Federal Association).

Mr. Rooney was a member of the Board of Advisors of the Panama Canal Authority, Republic of Panama, and a Director of the Newport Shipyard, Newport, Rhode Island. Mr. Rooney was also a Director of the Southwest Florida Chapter, World Presidents Organization (WPO), and a trustee of the Naples Winter Wine Festival and the Naples Children and Education Foundation, Inc. He recently became a member of The Florida Council of 100.

Mr. Rooney is a graduate of Georgetown University (A.B. 1975) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 1978). He is a member of the District of Columbia and Texas bars, and holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-Ton Masters License (Sailing Endorsement). He resides in Naples, Florida, with his wife and three children. Mr. Rooney is conversationally fluent in Spanish.



Released on December 6, 2005

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