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John A. O'Connell


Date Party Office Votes Result
11-02-1954 Democratic AD-23 21511 Win
11-06-1956 Democratic AD-23 34660 Win
11-04-1958 Democratic AD-23 34987 Win
11-08-1960 Democratic AD-23 36220 Win
11-06-1962 Democratic CD-06 74429 Loss

Candidate Biography:

John A. O'Connell
Born: June 13, 1919 in Oakland, CA
Married: Barbara Kelley (in 1941), Patricia Moore O'Connell
Children: Sally, Christine, and John
Military Service: ARMY (WWII)
Died: March 4, 2000 in San Francisco, CA

1954: Placed on General Election Ballot by Central Committee after death of Incumbent (AD-23)
1960: Alternate Delegate, Democratic National Convention

  • PLACENAME: The John O'Connell High School of Technology in San Francisco is named after O'Connell.
  • Supreme Court Decision: In May 1983, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a law authored by John A. O'Connell, AB 874 (1961), was unconstitutional. The law, which required that “loiterers” and “wanderers” provide identification to police officers, was found to be so vague that it violated the Fourteenth Amendment. (Kolender v. Lawson, 461 U.S. 352)

Source: California Blue Book (1958)