The Honorable Romano L. Mazzoli was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, BS, Magna Cum Laude, 1954; of the University of Louisville Law School, JD, 1960, graduating first in his class; and of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, MPA, 2004.
Congressman Mazzoli's public service includes: Active Duty in the United States Army, 1954-1956; service in the Kentucky State Senate from 1968 to 1970; and, service in the United States House of Representatives in Washington where he represented Kentucky's Third Congressional District from 1971 to his retirement in 1995.
While in Congress, Mr. Mazzoli served on the House Judiciary Committee on which he chaired the Immigration, International Law and Refugees Subcommittee and wrote, in collaboration with Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming the landmark 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (the Simpson-Mazzoli Bill). Congressman Mazzoli also served on the House Education, Labor, Small Business and Intelligence Committees.
Congressman Mazzoli is a member of the Kentucky and the Louisville Bar Associations. He currently serves on the Board of Overseers of the University of Louisville, on the Board of Trustees of Father Maloney's Boys' Haven, and on the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission. Congressman Mazzoli has received Honorary Doctorate degrees from the University of Notre Dame, Spalding University, Sullivan University, Centre College and Bellarmine University.
Congressman Mazzoli was Visiting Professor at the University of Louisville �s Brandeis School of Law in 1995 and Distinguished Fellow in Law and Public Policy at the University of Louisville from 1998 to 2002. He was appointed a Fellow of the Institute of Politics of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2002, and in 2003 Representative Mazzoli enrolled in the Kennedy School's Master of Public Administration program the oldest person ever to be admitted.
Mr. Mazzoli has been Visiting Lecturer at: Centre College; Dennison University; University of Maine; Lewis & Clark College; California State University, San Diego; Furman University; the U.S. Naval Academy; Murray State University; Muhlenberg College; and, Suffolk University.
Congressman Mazzoli is married to the former Helen Dillon of Louisville, and they have two children and two granddaughters.