|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
January 8, 2007 – January 5, 2009
|Preceded by||Ken Bennett|
|Succeeded by||Steve Pierce|
|Born||January 24, 1946|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Political party||Democratic (2015–present)|
|Republican (before 2014)|
Thomas Charles O'Halleran (//; born January 24, 1946) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Arizona's 1st congressional district since 2017. Beginning his political career as a Republican, he was the Arizona State Senator from the 1st district from 2007 to 2009. In 2015, he became a member of the Democratic Party.
Early life and education
O'Halleran was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and graduated from Providence St. Mel School. He attended Lewis University for one year before joining the Chicago Police Department. O'Halleran later attended DePaul University for one year.
O'Halleran served with the Chicago Police Department from 1966 to 1975. He then became a member of the Chicago Board of Trade, operating his own futures trading business with a focus in futures contracts on 10-year U.S. Treasury notes.
O'Halleran, then a Republican, served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2001 to 2006. He then served in the Arizona State Senate, representing the 1st district from 2007 to 2009. In a 2008 primary election, he was unseated by Steve Pierce.
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 seat of the State Senate as an independent, losing by 3%.
U.S. House of Representatives
He explained his switch of party affiliation as a result of his positive attitude toward government, and, in particular, of his support for government regulations that would increase the use of wind and solar energy.
On August 30, 2016, O'Halleran beat Miguel Olivas in the Democratic primary. He faced Republican Paul Babeu and Green Party candidate Ray Parrish in the general election on November 8, 2016. O'Halleran won, receiving 51% of the vote to Babeu's 44%.
- Committee on Agriculture
- Committee on Energy and Commerce
Energy and oil
According to On the Issues, in 2008 O'Halleran introduced HB 2613, an act which would add property tax incentives for businesses using renewable energy. In July 2020, he tweeted his opposition to uranium mining in and near the Grand Canyon. Also in July 2020, he tweeted his sponsorship of the Flexible Financing for Rural America Act of 2020.
A June 2020 tweet from O'Halleran said that he "asked former Dept. of Energy Secretary Moniz about incorporating former coal workers into the clean energy sector."
After the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, O'Halleran, who had long supported expanded background checks but opposed an assault-weapon ban, suggested he might shift toward a stronger position on gun control. “At times you have to look at yourself in the mirror and do the right thing and say forget about the political consequences," he said, but admitted he was concerned about those consequences.
According to On the Issues, O'Halleran's 2016 campaign website said that he would "protect Social Security and Medicare from those who support dangerous schemes to privatize the programs, hand them over the Wall Street or turn them into 'vouchers.'" The 2016 Christian Coalition Vote Guide inferred that he would oppose repealing mandated health insurance.
When President Donald Trump ordered a travel ban on visitors and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim nations in January 2017, O'Halleran said that the order "does not represent our nation's values" and that it violated the Constitution and "the bedrock ideals of our democracy."
In April 2017, O'Halleran criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions's tougher new guidelines on expelling illegal immigrants who belong to criminal gangs. "I have no problem with getting the felons out of the country," O'Halleran said. "But some of these people that they're taking out of the country, they have children that are Americans, and they have not had a violent felony conviction. Here we are, taking mothers away from their children."
O'Halleran was part of a group of Arizona Democrats who, in an August 2017 letter to President Trump, urged him not to pardon former Maricopa County chief Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who had been convicted in a federal court of racially profiling Latinos as part of border patrols.
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- "Members". New Democrat Coalition. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
- "Tom O'Halleran on Abortion". On the Issues. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
- "Tom O'Halleran on Energy & Oil". On the Issues. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
- "Today, I voted to pass the FY21 NDAA to 💵 give #AZ01 troops a raise 🪖 strengthen our national defense 🚫 permanently ban uranium mining in & near the Grand Canyon ✈️ protect the A-10 Warthog & the KC-135 🏥 expand compensation for downwinders & more!". Twitter. 21 July 2020. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
- "ICYMI: Rural electric utility & telecomm providers are working around the clock to keep #AZ01 families connected to telehealth, education & loved ones during these difficult times. I intro'd bipartisan legislation to strengthen the services they provide". Twitter. 14 July 2020. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
- "Today, in an @EnergyCommerce Energy Subcommittee hearing I asked former Dept. of Energy Secretary Moniz about incorporating former coal workers into the clean energy sector– an investment that could play a key role in the reinvigoration of our #AZ01 economy. WATCH". Twitter. 16 June 2020. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
- "Tom O'Halleran on Foreign Policy". On the Issues. 4 July 2017. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
- Singleton, Laura. "O'Halleran concerned about rural programs on the Trump administration's chopping block". White Mountain Independent. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
- BADE, RACHAEL; EVERETT, Burgess. "Could gun control flip the House to Democrats?". Politico. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
- "Tom O'Halleran on Health Care". On the Issues. 4 July 2017. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
- FARZAN, ANTONIA NOORI. "Here's Where Arizona's Top Elected Officials Stand on Trump's Border Wall". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
- Nintzel, Jim. "Congressman Raul Grijalva sues Trump administration over border wall plans". The Skinny - Tucson Weekly. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
- Cross, Jim. "Arizona members of US Congress ask president not to pardon Arpaio". KTAR News. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
- HANSEN, RONALD J.; WINGETT SANCHEZ, YVONNE. "Some in Arizona who sought Joe Arpaio's support mum on possible pardon". The Republic - az Central. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
- Official list of congressmen for 115th Congress, on which O'Halleran is listed as "D-Sedona")
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Tom O'Halleran.|
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Appearances on C-SPAN
| Member of the Arizona Senate
from the 1st district
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 1st congressional district
|Party political offices|
| Chair of the Blue Dog Coalition for Policy
Served alongside: Stephanie Murphy (Administration), Lou Correa (Communications)
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
| United States Representatives by seniority