Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Brian Higgins’ (NY-27) bill to rename the post office located at 2061 South Park Avenue in South Buffalo to the “James T. Molloy Post Office Building” is to be debated in the House. The bill should pass in the House this afternoon as well. James Molloy was the doorkeeper of the House from 1974 to 1995.
“Unfortunately, I did not have the pleasure of serving in the House during Jim’s tenure here,” said Congressman Higgins. “His strong commitment to our institution, and to strengthening the ties between Congress and Western New York, make proposing this bill a true honor. Jim’s success has been an inspiration to thousands in my District and throughout Western New York, and I know that many here today join me in saluting him, his wife Roseann, and their daughter Amy for Jim’s wonderful service to his home and his nation.”
James T. Molloy was born in South Buffalo on June 3, 1936 to Matthew Molloy and Catherine Hayden Molloy. Educated in Buffalo’s Catholic Schools, he followed in his father’s footsteps by working in the grain elevators of Buffalo’s waterfront and fighting fires as a member of the city fire department. Through his labor, Molloy paid his own way through school at Canisius College and became a lifetime friend to Western New York’s workforce, becoming a member of the AFL-CIO, the International Brotherhood of Longshoremen, and the International Association of Firefighters.
Molloy worked as a schoolteacher in the Cities of Buffalo and Lackawanna, and became the youngest Democrat, at age 27, to serve as Party Zone Chairman in the State of New York.
Molloy came to Washington in 1968 at the invitation of New York Congressman John Rooney to work in the House Finance Office. During his years of work in that office, he oversaw the growth of legislative appropriations for the House from $75 million to $126 million.
Molloy was elected Doorkeeper of the House in 1974, and proudly remained at that post through the 103rd Congress, serving as a primary aide to Speakers Carl Albert, Tip O’Neill, James Wright, and Tom Foley. He was the last of 30 people to hold the position of Doorkeeper from its establishment in 1789 to its elimination in 1994. Within this capacity, he introduced Presidents and heads of state to Congress, and coordinated 71 joint sessions and many other events within the House chamber. Molloy also acted as a vital connection between his neighborhood of South Buffalo and Congress, inspiring countless men and women to consider careers in government.
Molloy’s strong relationship with Capitol Hill can still be felt today. He continues to serve as Chairman of the Board of the Wright-Patman Congressional Credit Union, a position he has held for 30 years. Molloy is the recipient of numerous honors for his life’s work in public service. He has received the Outstanding Citizen Award from the New York State AFL-CIO, the President’s Award from the New York State Federation of Police, and the United States Senate Youth Alumni Association Outstanding Service Award. He has received an honorary Doctor of Laws from his alma mater, Canisius College, as well as the Sid Yudain Congressional Staffer of the Year Award from Roll Call.