AZ-01: Tom O’Halleran (D)
Growing up, Tom O’Halleran was eager to serve and protect his community as a police officer. In 1966, at 20 years old, he joined the Chicago Police Department, where he was an officer and then a sergeant in a special operations unit. O’Halleran was later commissioned to be one of the youngest homicide investigators in the city’s history. He served with distinction—receiving three department commendations and over 30 other awards.
In 1979, O’Halleran became a member of the Chicago Board of Trade, where he opened up his own business and served two terms on the Exchange’s board of directors. He chaired or was vice chair of the Exchange’s finance, floor operations, and planning committees.
Upon retirement, O’Halleran and his wife Pat moved to Arizona. O’Halleran became involved in local issues, first as an advocate for Yavapai County, and cities and towns of the Verde Valley, to the state legislature, focusing on natural resource and education issues. He then was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives. He served three consecutive terms as a state representative followed by a term as a state senator. While serving in the legislature, O’Halleran received over 40 awards for his distinguished service.
Now as a U.S. Congressman, O’Halleran is a leader on issues impacting Indian Country and rural America, and he is focused on economic development opportunities across Arizona. He works closely with Republicans and Democrats alike on the Problem Solvers Caucus, is the policy co-chair of the House Blue Dog Coalition, and a member on the Task Force to End Sexual Violence.
O’Halleran is a member of the House Agriculture Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Through his committee work, O’Halleran has introduced policies to expand broadband to rural and tribal America, lower health care costs, and invest in Arizona farmers and agricultural producers.
O’Halleran is a past member of the Board for Prevent Child Abuse, Arizona, and was a founding member of Arizona’s Children’s Caucus at the legislature.
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