Tom O'Halleran

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Tom O'Halleran
Tom O'Halleran official portrait.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded by Ann Kirkpatrick
Member of the Arizona Senate
from the 1st district
In office
Preceded by Ken Bennett
Succeeded by Steve Pierce
Personal details
Born Thomas Charles O'Halleran
(1946-01-24) January 24, 1946 (age 72)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Republican (Before 2014)
Independent (2014–2015)
Democratic (2015–present)
Spouse(s) Pat
Education Lewis University
DePaul University
Website House website

Thomas Charles O'Halleran (/ˈhælərən/; born January 24, 1946) is a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Arizona's 1st congressional district. He began his political career as a Republican, but is now a Democrat.

Early career[edit]

O'Halleran served with the Chicago Police Department from 1966 to 1979. He then became a member of the Chicago Board of Trade, operating his own futures trading business.[1]

Arizona Legislature[edit]

O'Halleran formerly served as a Republican in the Arizona State Legislature. He represented the 1st District in the Senate from 2007 to 2009, but was unseated by primary challenger Steve Pierce during the 2008 election cycle. Prior to that, he served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2001 through 2006.

After leaving the Arizona State Legislature, O'Halleran hosted a radio show on KAZM in Sedona.[2]

In 2014 he left the Republican Party, citing its policies on education, water, and child welfare as reasons for his resignation. He then ran for the 6th District State Senate seat as an Independent, losing by 3%.[3]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

2016 campaign[edit]

On August 6, 2015, O'Halleran announced his candidacy as a Democrat for Arizona's 1st congressional district.[4]

In May 2016, O'Halleran was named to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Red to Blue list, naming him a priority race for the group.[5]

O'Halleran won the Democratic primary on August 30, 2016, against Miguel Olivas.[6] He faced Republican Paul Babeu and Green Party candidate Ray Parrish[7] in the general election on November 8, 2016.[8] O'Halleran defeated Babeu, receiving 51% of the vote to Babeu's 44%.[9]

He is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition.[10]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Personal life[edit]

O'Halleran and his wife, Pat, live in unincorporated Yavapai County (with a Sedona address), and have three grown children and four grandchildren.[1][12]


  1. ^ a b "Meet Tom - Tom O'Halleran for Congress". Retrieved 2016-07-30. 
  2. ^ Bell, David (August 7, 2015). "Former state Rep. O'Halleran joins CD1 candidate field". Eastern Arizona Courier. Retrieved March 1, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Tom O'Halleran". Ballotpedia. Retrieved March 1, 2016. 
  4. ^ "O'Halleran announces candidacy in 1st Congressional District". Arizona Capitol Times. Associated Press. August 5, 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Red to Blue - DCCC". Retrieved 2016-07-30. 
  6. ^ Reagan, Kevin (August 3, 2016). "Bennett joins Babeu in pledging to term limits". Arizona City Independent. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Ray Parrish |". Retrieved 2016-09-24. 
  8. ^ "It's Republican Paul Babeu And Democrat Tom O'Halleran In Monstrous CD-1 Race". 31 August 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "Democrat Tom O'Halleran defeats Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu in CD-1". ABC 15. November 8, 2016. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  10. ^ "Members". Blue dog coalition. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  11. ^ "Members". New Democrat Coalition. Retrieved 5 February 2018. 
  12. ^ Official list of congressmen for 115th Congress, on which O'Halleran is listed as "D-Sedona")

External links[edit]

Arizona Senate
Preceded by
Ken Bennett
Member of the Arizona Senate for the 1st District
Succeeded by
Steve Pierce
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ann Kirkpatrick
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 1st congressional district

Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Stephanie Murphy
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Jimmy Panetta