|Name||Raymond L. "Ray" Flynn|
Boston, Massachusetts , United States
|| July 22, 1939
|Contributor||Not in Public Domain|
Aug 20, 2017 05:07am
Conservative - Anti-Gay Marriage - Pro-Life - Catholic -
|Info||Raymond Leo Flynn (born July 22, 1939) was the Mayor of Boston from 1984 to 1993, and later the American ambassador to the Vatican (1993 - 1997). Although a life long Democrat he is a pro-life activist. |
Ambassador Flynn began his political career as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1971 to 1979, representing the South Boston neighborhood of the City of Boston during the turbulent Busing Crisis of the early 1970s. He later served on the Boston City Council from 1978 to 1984, before successfully running for Mayor. Following his service as United States Ambassador, Flynn ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House seat in 1998, being vacated by U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy, II.
Prior to entering politics, Ambassador Flynn was an All-American basketball player at Providence College, was selected Most Valuable Player in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) during his senior year, and was the last player cut from the then-World Champion Boston Celtics.
He is the author of two books: The Accidental Pope and John Paul II, The Pope And The Man.