Joe Donnelly

Joseph Simon Donnelly Sr. (born September 29, 1955) is an American attorney, politician, and diplomat who served as a United States senator from Indiana from 2013 to 2019. Since 2022, he has served as the United States Ambassador to the Holy See.[1]

Joe Donnelly
Donnelly in 2022
United States Ambassador to the Holy See
Assumed office
April 11, 2022
PresidentJoe Biden
Preceded byCallista Gingrich
United States Senator
from Indiana
In office
January 3, 2013  January 3, 2019
Preceded byRichard Lugar
Succeeded byMike Braun
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 2007  January 3, 2013
Preceded byChris Chocola
Succeeded byJackie Walorski
Personal details
Born
Joseph Simon Donnelly

(1955-09-29) September 29, 1955 (age 67)
Massapequa, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse
Jill Donnelly
(m. 1979)
Children2
EducationUniversity of Notre Dame (BA, JD)

Born in Massapequa, New York, Donnelly graduated from the University of Notre Dame.[2] He began his political career on the Indiana State Election Board while working as an attorney in practice. From 1997 to 2001 he was on the Mishawaka Marian School Board, serving as its president from 2000 to 2001. In 2004, he won the Democratic nomination for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, losing to Republican incumbent Chris Chocola in the general election. In 2006, he challenged Chocola again, and won election with 54% of the vote. He represented Indiana's 2nd congressional district from 2007 to 2013, winning reelection in 2008 and 2010.

In May 2011, Donnelly announced his intention to run for the U.S. Senate, winning the Democratic nomination one year later in an uncontested primary. He then faced Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock who had defeated 36-year incumbent Richard Lugar in the Republican primary. On November 6, 2012, Donnelly defeated Mourdock in the general election with 50% of the vote to Mourdock's 44%; Mourdock's loss was attributed by some to his controversial comments about sexual assault.[3][4][5] In 2018, Donnelly ran for reelection to a second term, but was defeated by former Republican state representative Mike Braun.[6]

On October 8, 2021, President Joe Biden announced he would nominate Donnelly to serve as the United States ambassador to the Holy See.[1] He presented his letters of credence to Pope Francis on April 11, 2022.[7]


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