Romano Mazzoli
Romano Mazzoli signed photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byWilliam Cowger
Succeeded byMike Ward
Member of the Kentucky Senate
In office
1968–1970
Personal details
Born
Romano Louis Mazzoli

(1932-11-02) November 2, 1932 (age 89)
Louisville, Kentucky
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Notre Dame (BS)
University of Louisville (JD)
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service1954-1956
RankSpecialist Third Class

Romano Louis Mazzoli (born November 2, 1932) is an American politician and lawyer from Kentucky.

He represented Louisville, Kentucky and its suburbs in the United States House of Representatives from 1971 through 1995 as a Democrat. He was the primary architect, with Senator Alan Simpson, of major immigration reform legislation.

Mazzoli was born in Louisville and is a 1950 graduate of St. Xavier High School, an Xaverian Brothers boys preparatory school. He won the 1950 Kentucky boys high school doubles tennis championship with fellow St. Xavier 1951 alumni George D. Koper. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana, in 1954 and from the University of Louisville law school, first in his class, in 1960. Mazzoli served in the Kentucky Senate from 1968 through 1970.

Mazzoli was Chairman of the House of Representatives' Immigration, International Law and Refugees Subcommittee for twelve years. He also served on the Small Business, Intelligence and District of Columbia Committees.

In 1981, Mazzoli, a pro-life Democrat, introduced, along with Illinois Republican Henry Hyde, the Human Life Amendment,[1] a proposed constitutional amendment which would ban all abortions by granting legal protection to all unborn children in the United States. Ultimately, the amendment failed to amass the 218 votes necessary to pass.[2]

Mazzoli authored the Simpson-Mazzoli Immigration Reform and Control Act, later known as the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and cosponsored it with Republican Senator Alan Simpson. The bill enacted the first U.S. laws to sanction employers who hired undocumented aliens; it also granted an amnesty for aliens already living and working in the United States. After five years of debate and compromise, the Simpson-Mazzoli Bill was ultimately signed into law on November 7, 1986.

Mazzoli did not run for reelection in 1994, leaving office in January 1995. The 104th United States Congress, the first in nearly a quarter century without Mazzoli, passed legislation (P.L 104–77), signed by President Bill Clinton on December 28, 1995, renaming the Federal Building in his hometown of Louisville, the Romano L. Mazzoli Federal Building.

Since leaving Congress, he has taught at Bellarmine University and was the Ralph S. Petrilli Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Louisville Law School for the Fall 1995 semester, returning later to the law school as faculty. In 2002, Mazzoli was a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He graduated with a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government in June 2004.

In September 2006, Simpson and Mazzoli co-authored an article that appeared in the Washington Post revisiting their 1986 immigration legislation in the current political climate.

Election results

Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District Election (1974)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Vincent N. Barclay 28,813 26.56
Democratic Romano L. Mazzoli (incumbent) 37,346 69.67
American William P. Chambers 3,383 3.12
Independent Luther J. Wilson 708 0.65
Total votes 108,475 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic hold
Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District Election (1976)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Denzil J. Ramsey 58,019 41.22
Democratic Romano L. Mazzoli (incumbent) 80,496 57.19
American William P. Chambers 2,229 1.58
Total votes 140,744 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic hold
Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District Election (1978)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Romano L. Mazzoli (incumbent) 37,346 65.67
Republican Norbert D. Leveronne 17,785 31.27
Independent Tom Beckham 1,312 2.31
Socialist Workers John Cumbler 428 0.75
Total votes 56,871 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic hold
Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District Election (1980)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Romano L. Mazzoli (incumbent) 85,873 63.74
Republican Richard Cesler 46,681 34.65
American Robert D. Vessels 468 0.35
Citizens John Cumbler 1,272 0.94
Libertarian Henry G. Logsdon 430 0.32
Total votes 134,724 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic hold
Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District Election (1982)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Carl Brown 45,900 32.19
Democratic Romano L. Mazzoli (incumbent) 92,849 65.11
Independent Norbert D. Leveronne 2,840 1.99
Libertarian Dan Murray 608 0.43
Socialist Workers Craig Honts 400 0.28
Total votes 142,597 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic hold
Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District Election (1984)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Suzanne M. Warner 68,185 31.67
Democratic Romano L. Mazzoli (incumbent) 145,680 67.67
Independent Peggy Kreiner 1,273 0.59
Write-In 139 0.06
Total votes 215,277 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic hold
Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District Election (1986)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lee Holmes 29,348 26.15
Democratic Romano L. Mazzoli (incumbent) 81,943 73.01
Socialist Workers Estelle Debates 899 0.80
Write-In 43 0.04
Total votes 112,233 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic hold
Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District Election (1988)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Philip Dunnagan 57,387 30.30
Democratic Romano L. Mazzoli (incumbent) 131,981 69.70
Total votes 189,368 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic hold
Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District Election (1990)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Al Brown 55,188 39.44
Democratic Romano L. Mazzoli 84,750 60.56
Total votes 139,938 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic hold
Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District Election (1992)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Romano L. Mazzoli (incumbent) 148,066 52.74
Republican Susan B. Stokes 132,689 47.26
Write-In Patricia Metten 15 0.005
Total votes 280,770 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic hold

References

  1. ^ Brozan, Nadine (1981-02-15). "Opposing Sides Step up Efforts on Abortion Measure". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "CQ Almanac Online Edition".
U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byWilliam O. Cowger Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky's 3rd congressional district 1971–1995 Succeeded byMike Ward U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial) Preceded byJim Moranas Former US Representative Order of precedence of the United Statesas Former US Representative Succeeded byBilly Tauzinas Former US Representative