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Frank L. McNamara, Jr.

Frank L. McNamara, Jr.
United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts
In office
Preceded by William Weld
Succeeded by Wayne Budd
Personal details
Born (1947-11-04)November 4, 1947
Providence, Rhode Island
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Residence Bolton, Massachusetts
Alma mater Harvard University
University of Virginia
Occupation Attorney

Francis Luke McNamara, Jr. (born November 4, 1947 in Providence, Rhode Island) is an American attorney who served as the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts from 1987 to 1989.

After graduating from Harvard College in 1969, McNamara joined the United States Navy. He served as an Intelligence Officer during the Vietnam War. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1976 and in 1977 was admitted to the Massachusetts bar.

From 1977 to 1980, McNamara worked as an associate at Choate, Hall & Stewart. He then became an Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Boston Gas Company. In 1983, McNamara was a founding partner in the law firm of Vena, McNamara, Truelove & Lahey.

In April 1987, McNamara was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.

In November 1988, the Justice Department released a report concluding that McNamara had falsely accused his predecessor, William F. Weld, of smoking marijuana. An investigation was then opened to determine whether McNamara had deliberately lied. On January 27, 1989, 28 of his 39 assistant attorneys sent a letter to Attorney General Dick Thornburgh seeking McNamara's "immediate resignation or removal." He resigned on January 31, 1989.

He then returned to private practice and established the law firm of McNamara & Associates.

In 1982 he was a Republican candidate for Congress in Massachusetts's 8th congressional district. He defeated former State Republican Chairman William Barnstead in the primary 5,429 votes to 4,477. In the general election he lost to Democratic Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill 123,296 votes to 41,370.