About the Author


Ambassador Francis Rooney served as U.S. Ambassador to The Holy See from 2005 to 2008, appointed by President George W. Bush and is the author of the book The Global Vatican, which provides an inside look at the Catholic Church, world politics, and the extraordinary relationship between the U.S. and The Holy See. He is a frequent guest commentator providing analysis on national politics and foreign affairs, especially as related to Latin America and the global diplomatic influence of the Holy See. He has appeared on national broadcast and in print publications including USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, CBS This Morning, Fox News, The Washington Post, NPR’s All Things Considered, CNN, Time Magazine, National Catholic Register, National Review, MSNBC Morning Joe, The Hill, Ave Maria Radio, Newsmax, One America Network and the Huffington Post.

Rooney actively performs research and advocacy on foreign affairs, political strategy and economic issues. He is a trustee of The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, a member of the Council of American Ambassadors, a director of The Trust for the National Mall and Crossroads GPS, all in Washington D.C. He previously served on the 20/20 Committee and Washington Advisory Council for The Center of International Studies.

He is an international business leader with interests in the banking, energy, real estate development and construction sectors. He is chairman of Rooney Holdings, Inc., a diversified investment company, and Manhattan Construction Group, which is engaged in the general building, road, bridge, pipeline and specialty construction segments. He serves on the boards of Mercantil Commercebank, Coral Gables, Florida, Helmerich & Payne, Inc., and Laredo Petroleum, Inc., Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Vetra Energy Group, Bogota, Columbia. He is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Panama Canal Authority, Republic of Panama.  He previously served on the boards of the Diplomatic Council of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), and the Young President’s Organization (YPO), where he served as the International President from 1997 to 1998. He is a founding member of the International Business Forum of Oklahoma.

Rooney currently serves on the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) Executive Finance Board, the Jeb Bush for President Florida Executive Finance Council, and is a co-chair of Catholics for Jeb Bush. He is also a member of the campaign’s Religious Liberty Advisory Committee. He previously served on the Romney for President National Finance Council (2011-2012), and as the national finance chairman for Speaker John Boehner (2010-2015). He has served on executive and finance committees for the RGA and the NRSC.

Rooney is dedicated to advancing higher education initiatives as a board member of The University of Oklahoma College of International Studies, the Rooney Center for American Democracy at the University of Notre Dame and the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation. He previously served as a trustee at the University of Tulsa and served on several university committees including Faculty and Curriculum, Athletics, Advancement, Building and Grounds, and Student Life.

Ambassador Rooney is a graduate of Georgetown University (A.B. 1975) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 1978), and has honorary degrees from the University of Notre Dame (2006) and the University of Dallas (2010).  He is a member of the District of Columbia and Texas Bars and has a U.S. Coast Guard 100 Ton Masters license (Sailing Endorsement). He is married to Kathleen Collins Rooney; they have 3 children and two grandchildren.