Brian J. Donnelly

Brian J. Donnelly
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 11th district
In office
January 3, 1979  January 3, 1993
Preceded by James A. Burke
Succeeded by District eliminated
United States Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago
In office
Preceded by Sally G. Cowal
Succeeded by Edward E. Shumaker III
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1946-03-02) March 2, 1946
Boston, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic

Brian Joseph Donnelly (born March 2, 1946) of Dorchester, Boston was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts from 1979 to 1993. He is a Democrat.

Donnelly attended private schools in Suffolk County. He graduated from Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury, in 1963. He received a Bachelor of Science from Boston University in 1970. He was a teacher and coach in the Boston public schools. He was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, 1973–1978, where he served as assistant majority leader in 1977–1978.

Donnelly was elected as a Democrat to the 96th and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1993), but was not a candidate for renomination in 1992 to the 103rd Congress.

In 1994, he was named United States Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago.[1] He served in this capacity until 1997.[2] In 1998, he ran for Governor of Massachusetts, finishing third in the Democratic primary behind state Attorney General Scott Harshbarger and former state Senator Patricia McGovern.[3]


  1. "President Clinton Names Donnelly Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago". Retrieved 2006-08-27.
  2. "State Dept., Ambassadors to Trinidad and Tobago". Retrieved 2006-08-27.
  3. "Massachusetts primary results — September 15, 1998". CNN. Retrieved 2006-10-23.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James A. Burke
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 11th congressional district

District eliminated after 1990 United States Census

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