Maureen O'Connor

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Maureen O'Connor
Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
Assumed office
January 1, 2011
Preceded by Eric Brown
Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
In office
January 1, 2003  December 31, 2010
Preceded by Andrew Douglas
Succeeded by Yvette McGee Brown
61st Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
In office
January 11, 1999  December 31, 2002
Governor Bob Taft
Preceded by Nancy Hollister
Succeeded by Jennette Bradley
Personal details
Born (1951-08-07) August 7, 1951
Washington, D.C.
Political party Republican
Profession Attorney, Politician, Judge

Maureen O'Connor (born August 7, 1951) is an American jurist and the Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. Prior to this, O'Connor served as an Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court and as the 61st Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, serving under Governor Bob Taft. She is a Republican.

Education and experience

O'Connor earned a bachelor's degree at Seton Hill University, Greensburg, Pennsylvania in 1973 and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree at Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1980. In 1981, O'Connor began practicing law in Summit County, Ohio. In 1985 she was appointed a magistrate of the Summit County Probate Court. She was then elected as a judge of the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, serving on the bench from 1993 to 1995. In 1994 she was elected to the office of Summit County prosecutor and served in that office from 1995 to 1999.

Service as Ohio Lieutenant Governor

In 1998, O'Connor was elected Ohio's 61st Lieutenant Governor and served in that office from 1999 to 2003 under Governor Bob Taft.

Justice on the Ohio Supreme Court

In 2002, O'Connor ran for and was elected to the Ohio Supreme Court, defeating Democrat Timothy Black. She began serving in 2003. She was reelected in 2008 with 67.14% of the vote against Democrat Joseph Russo. Her current term will expire in 2016. O'Connor defeated Chief Justice Eric Brown in the 2010 general election with 67.59% of the vote. Brown had been appointed Chief Justice by Gov. Ted Strickland in May 2010 after the death of Thomas J. Moyer. She is the sixth woman to have served as an Ohio Supreme Court justice and is the first woman to hold the post of Chief Justice. For the 2016 election, the Democratic Party did not field a candidate to run against O'Connor.[1]

See also


  1. "Election Results 2016". Ohio Secretary of State.
Political offices
Preceded by
Nancy Hollister
Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
Succeeded by
Jennette Bradley
Legal offices
Preceded by
Andrew Douglas
Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
Succeeded by
Yvette McGee Brown
Preceded by
Eric Brown
Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
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