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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.
|Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court|
|Assumed office |
January 1, 2011
|Preceded by||Eric Brown|
|Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court|
January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2010
|Preceded by||Andrew Douglas|
|Succeeded by||Yvette McGee Brown|
|61st Lieutenant Governor of Ohio|
January 11, 1999 – December 31, 2002
|Preceded by||Nancy Hollister|
|Succeeded by||Jennette Bradley|
|Born||August 7, 1951|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Education||Seton Hill University (BA)|
Cleveland State University (JD)
Education and experienceEdit
O'Connor earned a bachelor's degree at Seton Hill University, Greensburg, Pennsylvania in 1973 and a Juris Doctor 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. O'Connor received "The Cleveland State University Distinguished Alumnae Award for Civic Achievement" in 1997.
Service as Ohio Lieutenant GovernorEdit
Justice on the Ohio Supreme CourtEdit
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. 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.
- "Election Results 2016". Ohio Secretary of State.
| Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
| Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
Yvette McGee Brown
| Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court