James Roosevelt
Roosevelt at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial anniversary in 2022
Co-Chair of the Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws Committee
Assumed office
January 1, 1995
Preceded byPosition established
Personal details
Born (1945-11-09) November 9, 1945 (age 78)
Political partyDemocratic
Ann Martha Conlon
(m. 1968)
Parent(s)James Roosevelt II
Romelle Theresa Schneider
RelativesSee Roosevelt family
Alma materHarvard University (AB, JD, AMP)
OccupationAttorney, politician, investor
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy United States Navy
Years of service1968–1971
Rank Lieutenant
UnitU.S. Naval Reserve

James Roosevelt III (born November 9, 1945)[1] is an American attorney, Democratic Party official, and a grandson of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt. As of 2021, 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

Roosevelt was born on November 9, 1945, to Representative James Roosevelt II (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 D. 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 attended the six-week Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.


Roosevelt and Ambassador Karen Pierce in 2022

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 in Massachusetts 8th congressional district, 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

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


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 29, 2014. Retrieved April 29, 2013.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Social Security Death Index". FamilySearch. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  3. ^ Register of Officers of the Naval Reserve. 1971.
  4. ^ "Tufts Health Plan Senior Management Group". Retrieved May 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "Our Campaigns - MA District 8 - D Primary Race - Sep 16, 1986".
  6. ^ NPR: Who's Who on the Rules and Bylaws Committee
  7. ^ MyDD: Vote Counting the DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee Archived June 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ CNN.com: It's decision day for Democrats Archived May 31, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Bachrach, Bradford (November 19, 1967). "Ann Conlon Is Betrothed To James Roosevelt Jr". The New York Times. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  10. ^ Times, Special To The New York (June 16, 1968). "James Roosevelt It. Weds Ann Conlon; St. Paul's Church in, Cambridge Is the Scene oi Bridal". The New York Times. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 29, 2014. Retrieved April 29, 2013.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Kathleen Roosevelt, Jeffrey Walker". The New York Times. August 19, 2007. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  13. ^ "Tracy Roosevelt, Robert O'Loughlin". The New York Times. August 28, 2016. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  14. ^ "Maura Roosevelt and Joshua Fisher". The New York Times. July 20, 2014. Retrieved April 18, 2017.