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Paul Cellucci
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Argeo P. Cellucci
United States Ambassador to Canada
In office
April 17, 2001 – March 25, 2005
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Gordon Giffin
Succeeded by David Wilkins
69th Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 7, 1999 – April 10, 2001
Acting: July 29, 1997 - January 7, 1999
Preceded by William Weld
Succeeded by Jane M. Swift (Acting)
Mitt Romney
68th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 3, 1991 – January 7, 1999
Governor William Weld
Preceded by Evelyn Murphy
Succeeded by Jane M. Swift
Member of the
Massachusetts Senate
from the Middlesex and Worcester District
In office
Preceded by Chester G. Atkins
Succeeded by Robert Durand
Member of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the 3rd Middlesex District
In office
Preceded by Charles Flaherty
Succeeded by Patricia Walrath
Member of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the 51st Middlesex District
In office
Preceded by Wilfred Balthazar
Succeeded by District abolished
Personal details
Born (1948-04-24)April 24, 1948
Hudson, Massachusetts
Died June 8, 2013(2013-06-08) (aged 65)
Hudson, Massachusetts
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jan Cellucci
Residence Hudson, Massachusetts

Argeo Paul Cellucci (April 24, 1948 – June 8, 2013) was an American politician and diplomat. He was the 69th Governor of Massachusetts and United States Ambassador to Canada.

Early life

Cellucci was born on April 24, 1948 in Hudson, Massachusetts. He studied at Boston College Law School and the private Hudson Catholic High School. Cellucci was married to Jan Cellucci until his death in 2013. They had two children.


On November 3, 1998, Paul Cellucci was elected as Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, narrowly defeating Democratic attorney general Scott Harshbarger. He had successfully fought off a challenge from State Treasurer Joe Malone in the September primary. He was sworn in as the 69th Governor of Massachusetts on January 7, 1999.

On April 10, 2001, Cellucci resigned to become U.S. Ambassador to Canada, being appointed by President George W. Bush. This made him the second consecutive Massachusetts governor to resign in order to assume an ambassadorship: his predecessor William Weld resigned after being nominated to be Ambassador to Mexico by President Bill Clinton. (Weld was never confirmed by the United States Senate, however, and hence never was Ambassador.)

In 2008, Cellucci has said that after thirty-five years in public service he had no intention of seeking further office, and that while he had no interest in serving as Vice President, he did not exclusively rule it out. He supported John McCain's candidacy for president in 2008.


On January 6, 2011, Cellucci announced his amyotrophic lateral sclerosis diagnosis, and that it was progressing relatively slowly. Cellucci died on June 8, 2013 in Hudson, Massachusetts from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, aged 65.

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