Danny O’Connor was born and raised in rural Ohio. His mom was a teacher, and his family taught him the value of service and giving back.
He attended Wright State University, and during his freshman year his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. He traveled home frequently to be with her, and thanks to a new drug and good health insurance, his mom is in remission and was able to afford the life-saving care she needed.
After graduating, O’Connor spent a year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps as a legal advocate helping veterans, immigrants, and families stricken by poverty. O’Connor aided people who had nowhere else to turn, helping them keep their heat on, get the benefits they had earned through military service, and in some cases, allowing them to keep a roof over their heads.
After graduating law school, O’Connor worked in the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office before starting a law practice, serving people in the community and helping to run a small business.
Danny O’Connor was elected Franklin County Recorder in 2016, where he manages a staff of 54 employees. As Franklin County Recorder, O’Connor has helped turn the office around to make it more efficient for taxpayers and instituted reforms that helped homeowners, veterans, and the homeless. In 2015, Danny and his law partner were honored to contribute to the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers Amicus Brief supporting Ohioan Jim Obergefell’s push to recognize marriage equality. And he worked to make the Recorder’s Office a place that supports working families, creating the department’s first paid family leave program for his employees.
Danny O’Connor is running for Congress to expand health care coverage, protect Medicare and Social Security benefits, create more economic opportunities for working families and small business owners in central Ohio, and help end the partisan dysfunction in Washington. Danny will work with both sides of the aisle to find common ground and make our government work again.
As a small business owner, the son of a breast cancer survivor and a non-profit director, and a reformer who has worked to fix what’s broken with our government, Danny is uniquely qualified to bring new leadership that fights for Central Ohio families to Congress.