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Digital Collections : Romano L. Mazzoli Oral History Collection

Biography of Romano L. Mazzoli

Ron Mazzoli, 1982.

Romano L. "Ron" Mazzoli, Democrat, represented the Third Congressional District (Louisville and Jefferson County, Kentucky) in the United States House of Representatives from 1971 to 1995.

He was born in Louisville on November 2, 1932, attended private schools, and earned a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame in 1954 and a J.D. from the University of Louisville School of Law in 1960.

He served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956 and was discharged as a specialist third class. He practiced law in Louisville beginning in 1960 and also lectured on business law at Bellarmine College (now Bellarmine University) in Louisville from 1963 to 1967.

He was elected to the Kentucky state senate in 1968, serving one term, then was elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-second Congress.

He served for twelve terms in Congress (January 3, 1971-January 3, 1995). 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. He was one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1986 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against Harry E. Claiborne, judge of the United States District Court for Nevada and was the primary architect, with Senator Alan Simpson, of major immigration reform legislation, signed into law on November 7, 1986.

Since retiring from Congress, Mazzoli has taught at Bellarmine University and at the University of Louisville Law School. In addition to teaching, he returned to school, earning a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2004, after serving as a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School in 2002.

Congressman Mazzoli's papers are also housed in the University Archives and Records Center. For more information about these materials, please consult the detailed description of the collection.

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