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Citadel News Service
9 Nov 2009

FDR’s grandson to speak at The Citadel

The grandson of former President Franklin D. Roosevelt will visit The Citadel in December to talk about health care policy in the United States.

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James Roosevelt Jr. is president and CEO of Tufts Health Plan, a non-profit health maintenance organization. Roosevelt joined Tufts in 1999 as senior vice president and general counsel and held that position until June 2005, when he became president and CEO. As the general counsel, he presided over the legal department and the company's compliance, privacy and government relations functions.

Roosevelt’s lecture "Health Care Policy in the Balance" begins at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3 in Duckett Hall Auditorium. Sponsored by the John C. West Chair Speaker Series in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Before joining Tufts Health Plan, Roosevelt was the associate commissioner for retirement policy for the Social Security Administration in Washington, D.C. He has also served as chief legal counsel for the Massachusetts Democratic Party and is co-chairman of the Rules and By-laws Committee of the Democratic National Committee.

Roosevelt spent 10 years as partner at Choate, Hall and Stewart in Boston. He is past chairman of the board of trustees for the Massachusetts Hospital Association, past president of the American Health Lawyers Association and past chairman of the board of trustees for Mount Auburn Hospital. Currently, Mr. Roosevelt serves as chairman of the board of directors for Massachusetts Association of Health Plans, and as a member of the board of directors and co-chair of the policy committee at America's Health Insurance Plans. He is also a board member at Emmanuel College and the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center, and is co-chairman of the board of directors for the Tufts Health Care Institute. In November 2008, President-elect Barack Obama appointed Roosevelt to his transition team to co-chair a review of the Social Security Administration.

Roosevelt received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his A.B. with honors in government from Harvard College. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

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