T. J. Rooney

T.J. Rooney (born December 9, 1964) is the former chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and a former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

T.J. Rooney
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Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 133rd district
In office
January 5, 1993[1] – November 30, 2006[2]
Preceded byKatherine McHale
Succeeded byJoseph Brennan
ConstituencyPart of Lehigh and Northampton Counties
Chair of the
Pennsylvania Democratic Party
In office
March 20, 2003[3] – June 19, 2010
Preceded byAllen Kukovich
Succeeded byJim Burn
Personal details
Born (1964-12-09) December 9, 1964 (age 57)
Garden City, New York
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Kathleen Stilin-Rooney
RelativesFred B. Rooney (uncle)
Residence(s)Fountain Hill, Pennsylvania
Alma materCatawba College (attended)

He is a 1983 graduate of West Essex High School in North Caldwell, New Jersey.[4] He attended Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina.[4]

He was first elected to represent the 133rd legislative district in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1992.

He was named runner up for the 2003 Politician of the Year by the political website PoliticsPA, who noted the statewide success of the Democratic party, who won five of six statewide judicial races and helped elect Dan Onorato and re-elect John Street.[5]

He retired prior to the 2006 elections. He is currently Managing Director of the Tri State Strategies PA, L.L.C., a Pennsylvania lobbying organization.[6]

He was called a "key player" in winning Pennsylvania for Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election.[7] In 2010, he was named of the "Top 10 Democrats" in Pennsylvania by Politics Magazine.[8]

He is a nephew of former Lehigh Valley-area Congressman Fred B. Rooney.[9]


  1. ^ "SESSION OF 1993 - 177TH OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - No. 1" (PDF). Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 1993-01-05.
  2. ^ Per Article II, Section 2 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, the legislative session ended on November 30, 2006
  3. ^ The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  4. ^ a b "T.J. Rooney (Democrat)". Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2006-01-10.
  5. ^ "Politician of the Year". PoliticsPA. 2003. Archived from the original on December 20, 2003.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  6. ^ "TJ Rooney". Leadership Biographies. Tri State Strategies PA, L.L.C. Archived from the original on 2009-06-06.
  7. ^ "PA Report 100" (PDF). Pennsylvania Report. Capital Growth, Inc. January 23, 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-08-14. one of the key players in Pennsylvania’s effort to get Barack Obama elected President of the United States
  8. ^ Roarty, Alex; Sean Coit (January 2010). "Pennsylvania Influencers" (PDF). Politics Magazine. pp. 44–49. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-02-08.
  9. ^ "Fred Rooney, former Lehigh Valley congressman, dies at 94". InsuranceNewsNet. 24 December 2019. Retrieved 24 December 2019.

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