Friday, November 14, 2014

Honorable Romano Mazzoli: 2014 #1 Citizen

The Schnitzelburg Area Community Council named the Honorable Romano L. Mazzoli as its 2014 #1 Citizen.  The 49th annual award was given at the #1 Citizen Dinner on Thursday, November 13, 2014, at St. Elizabeth’s cafeteria.  The dinner was attended by many dignitaries and public officials who presented Mr. Mazzoli with several citations.  Those in attendance included State Representative Jim Wayne, Louisville Metro Councilman Jim King, and State Senator Morgan McGarvey.  Representative Wayne gave a heartfelt introduction of Mr. Mazzoli to the friends and neighbors in attendance.

Romano L. Mazzoli is a Louisville native now residing in the St. Joseph neighborhood. Mr. Mazzoli represented Kentucky's Third Congressional District in Louisville and other parts of Jefferson County 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.

Mr. Mazzoli is a graduate of Louisville's St. Xavier High School.  He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame 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.  Since leaving Congress, Mazzoli has taught at Bellarmine University and the University of Louisville Law School.  Besides 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.

Mr. Mazzoli has serve on the Board of Overseers of the University of Louisville, the Board of Trustees of Father Maloney’s Boys’ Haven and on the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the University of Notre Dame, Spalding University, Sullivan University, Centre College, and Bellarmine University.

He was  married to the late Helen Dillon of Louisville in 1959, and he has two children and four grandchildren.

Honorable Romano "Ron" Mazzoli

Representative Jim Wayne presenting the award.

Mr. Mazzoli delivering his acceptance speech.

A packed cafeteria for the #1 Citizen Dinner!

The legendary George Hauck enjoying his dinner.

The Boy Scouts who helped clean-up the dinner.

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