John O'Connor

Washington correspondent

John O'Connor is WNYC's Washington correspondent. He has previous covered education for Florida radio stations and politics for newspapers in South Carolina and Maryland.

John O'Connor appears in the following:

New Jersey's Rep. Frelinghuysen Named House's Top Budget Writer

Friday, December 02, 2016

He says building a new Hudson River train tunnel is a priority.


New York Congresswoman Won't Back Pelosi

Monday, November 21, 2016

Rep. Kathleen Rice says it's time for new blood after disappointing election results.


Protesters Oppose Schumer for Senate Minority Leader

Monday, November 14, 2016

The arrests are an early sign of the intra-party fight Sen. Chuck Schumer faces.


Democrats, Trying to Regroup, Turn to Sen. Chuck Schumer

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Can Democrats find common ground with Trump on jobs and economic issues?


Here's What to Watch for on Election Night in New York — And Elsewhere

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

If Hillary Clinton wins in North Carolina, Florida and Pennsylvania, the presidential race could be over relatively early. But there are plenty of other contested races around New York.


The Battle for Congress, Fought in the Hudson Valley

Friday, November 04, 2016

New York isn't a swing state in presidential politics, but it is for Congressional races. And the race in New York's 19th Congressional District is as close as it gets.


After Supreme Court Decision, Advocates Turn to Technology to Protect Voting Rights

Thursday, November 03, 2016

This is the first presidential election since the Supreme Court struck down part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. That fact — and Donald Trump — have advocates preparing for the worst.


President Vetoes Bill Allowing 9/11 Families To Take Saudi Arabia To Court

Friday, September 23, 2016

Congressional leaders think they have the votes to overturn their first Obama veto. For the tri-state delegation, it's a no-brainer.


Can Criminal Justice Reform Still Pass Congress?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The bill is likely to linger until after the November election, when the chances of passing it are even more uncertain.


North Jersey Republican Is a Top Target for Democrats Wanting to Reclaim US House

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Democrats say Republican Scott Garrett is out of touch with his district. But Garrett keeps proving them wrong.

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National Democrat Rallies Local Support To Win Back House

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A top-ranking House Democrat says the White House isn't enough — the party needs to get fired up about winning Congress.


House Panel Takes On Racial Concerns About Policing

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are teaming up with House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans after high-profile shootings by police.


An Exit Poll for Congressional Primary Voters

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Notable primaries include the seat being vacated by 46-year incumbent Charles Rangel in the uptown Manhattan neighborhoods of District 13.


This Week in Politics: Race to Replace Rangel Gets Real

Saturday, June 25, 2016

New York’s congressional primary on June 28 will likely decide Rangel's successor.

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Tuesday's Congressional Elections Could Affect Balance in the House

Friday, June 24, 2016

Voters in New York will have a chance Tuesday to help decide which party controls the House of Representatives after November’s elections.  


Local Democrats Filibuster to Force Vote on Gun Control

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Lead by Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, tri-state Senators want to ban sales to terror suspects.


Sen Schumer: Democratic Strategist, Mouthpiece and Potential Party Leader

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer’s role as the Democrat’s policy and communication strategist, and his hopeful ascent to replace Senator Harry Reid as the Party’s leader.


Schumer's Message to the GOP

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

New York Senator Charles Schumer, first in line to become the next Democratic leader in January, is guiding how Democrats talk about Republicans this election cycle.


Senate Approves Bill Allowing 9/11 Victim Families To Sue Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

U.S. families want to use courts to find out if Saudi Arabia had a role in terror attack.


Gridlock A Challenge to Booker, Schumer On Criminal Justice Reform

Monday, May 09, 2016

Two leading legislators are scrambling for support on reduced sentencing before Congress leaves town for the summer.