Francis Xavier Bellotti
• Birth: May 3, 1923
• Children: 12, including Norfolk County Sheriff Michael G. Bellotti
Career: Francis Bellotti is an American lawyer and politician. He was elected Lieutenant Governor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1963 to 1965. From 1975 to 1987 he served three terms as Massachusetts Attorney General. While in office, he instilled professionalism among his staff, was a leader for civil rights, and served as President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). Since leaving office, Bellotti has practiced law in Boston, MA with the firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo. He also serves as vice chairman of Arbella Insurance Group and formerly served as chairman of the Consumer Protection Committee of NAAG.
In his official capacity for the state he was named the party in the commercial speech case, First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti, which established that corporations have some free speech rights under the first Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Education: Bellotti graduated from Tufts University in 1947 and received his law degree from Boston College in 1952. He was also a fellow at the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Awards and Achievements: In 1981, NAAG unanimously voted to award Bellotti the prestigious Louis C. Wyman Award as the most outstanding attorney general in the United States. A US Navy veteran of WWII, he has received numerous honors and awards for public service and has also received honorary law degrees from the New England School of Law and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
In 1992, the Social Law Library created the Francis X. Bellotti Endowment for Special Acquisitions in his honor. In 2001, NAAG created the Francis X. Bellotti Award to be presented annually to a member of the Society of Attorneys General Emeriti (SAGE) who has served NAAG and worked to further its vision and mission. In 2012, the District Court of East Norfolk was renamed the Francis X. Bellotti Courthouse in his honor. In 2013, Frank received the President’s Lifetime Achievement AWard from the National Association of Attorneys General, in recognition of his lifelong service and commitment to the attorneys general community.
Other awards include:
• President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, NAAG
• William O. Douglas 1st Amendment Freedom Award, Anti-Defamation League of N’nai B’rith
• Distinguished Service Award, Massachusetts AFL-CIO
• St. Thomas More Award, Boston College Law School
• Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
• April 24, 1948 - June 8, 2013
• Widow - Jan ; Daughters - Kate and Anne
Career: Paul Cellucci was a Republican, but he never lost an election in Massachusetts over his three decades in office. His first position in office was as a member of the Hudson Charter Commission in 1970 and then was elected to the Hudson Board of Selectmen from 1971-1977. He served in the House of Representatives and the Senate before being elected as the 69th Governor of Massachusetts in . He was in office as Governor from July 29, 1997-April 10, 2001, at which time he resigned to become the US Ambassador to Canada. He held this position until 2005.
Paul Cellucci was known as a fiscally conservative, anti-tax Governor, who was able to work in a bipartisan fashion with a majority Democratic State Legislature. He was also successful in maintaining the state’s high education standards and a report in 2007 on “No Child Left Behind” done by Time Magazine found that MA students score the best on federal tests. However, Cellucci signed a budget bill in 2000 that lowered the feasible budget for special education, which set a lower standard for the provision of students with disabilities.
Not long after Cellucci became the US Ambassador to Canada, the U.S. was attacked on Sept. 11. Cellucci thanked Canada for its overwhelming support and sympathy and in the months that followed there was great cooperation between the U.S. and Canada on the Smart Border Agreement, their law enforcement and intelligence to stop more terrorist attacks in North America, and on the war in Afghanistan.
After resigning from his ambassadorship, Cellucci was hired by Magna Entertainment Corporation where he helped reform the U.S. regulations around horse racing.
Personal Life: On January 6, 2011, Cellucci announced that he had ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). In response to this tragic news, he made an effort to raise $10 million for ALS research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. By the end of the first year, $1.3 million had been raised. Cellucci died from the disease on June 8, 2013 at the age of 65.
Education: Paul graduated from Hudson Catholic High School, Boston College and Boston College Law School.
Awards and Achievements: He was awarded an “A” by the Libertarian Cato Institute for having the best record of reducing taxes and restraining spending growth among all the governors in the United States. He spearheaded the initiative to reduce state income tax from 5.95% to 5% and this was voted in with a 59% majority in November 2000. Overall, he was a devoted lawyer, legislator, governor and diplomat.
Jan Cellucci is the widow of the late Governor of Massachusetts and U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Paul Cellucci. Jan and Paul were high-school sweethearts. Jan liked to keep a distance from her husband’s political campaigns. She was a librarian at Boston College, where she developed the BC Libraries’ Preservation Department into a thriving conservation department. As a librarian she said, “I felt that having my own career was my biggest contribution to Paul’s career.” Jan was determined to finish the fundraising work Paul had started before he passed. In August 2014, Jan directed the Governor Cellucci Tribute Road Race in their hometown of Hudson, MA. She continues to carry forward Paul’s last campaign to support ALS research at UMass Medical School in Worcester.