Edward Francis Reilly, Jr.

Title: U.S. Observer to the International Fund for Ireland
Company: U.S. Government
Location: Bethesda, Maryland, United States

Edward Francis Reilly, Jr., U.S. Observer to the International Fund for Ireland, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in government and politics.

Commencing his career in the insurance industry, Mr. Reilly desired to serve in a capacity beyond business and ran for public office. Elected as one the youngest Kansas legislatures, he served the Kansas House of Representatives in 1963 and 1964 and the Kansas State Senate from 1964 to 1992, having been the assistant majority leader from 1977 to 1980. Simultaneously, Mr. Reilly had continued to dedicate time to Reilly & Sons, Inc. as vice president from 1967 to 1992, as well as to Yllier Lake Estates, Inc. as president from 1965 to 1989. Progressing in his political career, Mr. Reilly served the U.S. Department of Justice’s U.S. Parole Commission as chairman from 1992 to 1997 and again from 2001 to 2009. Today, he excels as the U.S. Observer to the International Fund for Ireland, appointed in June 2019.

Notably, Mr. Reilly has worked for six presidents, including Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump. In the coming years, he plans to write and publish a memoir and a book on his service to the country. Finding great success throughout the course of his career, Mr. Reilly was named Kansan of the Year by the Kansas Society of Washington in 2004. He was also the recipient of the Ireland Defense Forces Badge in 1996, the Silver Angel Award from the Kansas Catholic Conference in 1992 and the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission Award and Medallion in 1991. In 1990, he received a Commendation Award from the Mayor and City Commission of Leavenworth, Kansas, a Good Samaritan Award from the Order of Michael the Arch Angel Police Legion and the American Police Hall of Fame Award. Earlier, Mr. Reilly was granted the Hallpac Public Service Award in 1988 and was named a Community Leader of American in 1971, 1985 and 1986.

Mr. Reilly attributes his vast success to his genuine intentions, knowledge gained from his world travels and drive to successfully raise his son after the passing of his wife. To remain abreast of his field, he maintains affiliation with numerous organizations, including the National Criminal Justice Association, American Paroling Authorities International, American Correctional Association and American Probation and Paroling Association. He is also on the advisory board for the National Institute of Corrections and Catholic University of America’s Department of Philosophy. Locally, he is involved with the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Leavenworth Historical Society, John Carroll Society, Native Sons of Kansas City, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Kiwanis, Elks, Eagles, Order of Malta and more. To attest to his legacy, Mr. Reilly is also listed in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in American Politics, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in the Midwest.

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