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James Roosevelt (lawyer)

For other people named James Roosevelt, see James Roosevelt (disambiguation).

James Roosevelt III (born November 9, 1945) is an attorney and Democratic Party official. He is a son of Congressman James Roosevelt II (1907–1991) and Romelle Theresa Schneider (September 28, 1915 in Wisconsin – January 16, 2002 in Cambridge, Massachusetts).[1] As of 2008, he is the co-chair of the Rules and Bylaws Committee of the Democratic National Committee, a position he has held since 1995.


James III graduated from La Salle High School in Pasadena in 1963. He earned his A.B. with honors in government from Harvard College in 1968. On June 12, 1968 he was commissioned in the Naval Reserve and rose to the rank of lieutenant on July 1, 1971.[2]

Roosevelt received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and he has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.


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.[3]

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.[4][5][6]


His paternal grandparents were President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882–1945) and First Lady Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962). 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). James III married Ann Martha Conlon (born March 31, 1945) on June 15, 1968. They have three daughters:

  • Kathleen Roosevelt (born 1978)
  • Tracy Roosevelt (born 1982)
  • Maura Roosevelt (born 1984)[7]