Patrick O'Malley (American politician)

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Patrick O'Malley
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 18th district
In office
Preceded byRedistricting
Succeeded byEdward Maloney
Personal details
Born (1950-10-22) October 22, 1950 (age 70)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mary Judith
ResidencePalos Park, Illinois
Alma materPurdue University
John Marshall Law School

Patrick O'Malley (born October 22, 1950 in Evergreen Park, Illinois) is a former Illinois State Senator, gubernatorial candidate and served as elected member of the board of trustees and Chairman of the Finance Committee for Moraine Valley Community College from 1989 to 1992.[1]

Personal history[edit]

Patrick O'Malley is a 1968 graduate of Marist High School. O'Malley has a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in finance from Purdue University, as well as a Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School. O'Malley currently resides in Palos Park, Illinois with his wife Mary Judith, they have two adult children; Brigid and Patrick. His uncle-in-law is former congressman Morgan Murphy.

Illinois State Senate[edit]

Patrick O'Malley served as a Republican member of the Illinois State Senate for five two year terms, representing the 18th district from 1993-2003. While State Senator he was a member of a group of conservative state senators elected in 1992 who often challenged the leadership of the Illinois Republican Party; the group also included Peter Fitzgerald, Dave Syverson, Steve Rauschenberger and Chris Lauzen.[2] As State Senator O'Malley served as Chairman of the Senate Financial Institutions Committee; Vice chairman of the Senate Education Committee; member of the Senate Insurance and Pensions Committee; and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.[3]

Gubernatorial campaign[edit]

Patrick O'Malley ran for governor in 2002 on a conservative platform[4] and described himself as a "Pro-life Catholic", and "Reagan conservative". O'Malley's self described political philosophy was "to take the principles of the Republican Party as I see them, limited government, low taxes, individual freedoms, and keeping free enterprise vibrant and strong".[5] In Patrick O'Malley's run for governor he ran a notable ad meant to link his strongest opponent, Attorney General Jim Ryan to incumbent Governor George Ryan, in the ad Jim Ryan's face morphs into that of Governor George Ryan's with the voice over, "We know the truth about George Ryan, what about Jim"?. O'Malley came in second in the Republican primary with 253,217 votes, losing to Attorney General Jim Ryan.

Electoral history[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Northern Star Gubernatorial election 2002 Patrick O'Malley timeline Archived 2004-09-22 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Strahler, Steven (May 20, 1995). "Young and Restless;Meet GOP's Fab 5". Crains Chicago Business. Chicago. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  3. ^ Northern Star Gubernatorial election 2002 Patrick O'Malley profile Archived September 17, 2004, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Northern Star Gubernatorial election 2002 Patrick O'Malley - The issues Archived September 22, 2004, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ O'Malley promises to clean up Illinois Brian Yeado, Northwestern Chronicle. February 21, 2002.