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:
Thursday, January 31, 2019
The longest government shutdown in U.S. history was an early test for Brooklyn Rep. Hakeem Jeffries in his new role as chair of the House Democratic caucus. Colleagues say he passed.
Thursday, January 17, 2019
A New York City Congressman will be a top budget lieutenant, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will take on Wall Street.
Friday, January 04, 2019
They've set up offices and taken their first votes. Now, the newcomers are ready for their committees.
Thursday, January 03, 2019
John O'Connor & Christina Greer on Congress' new freshman class. Eric Kohn & Alison Willmore on the NYFCC's picks for award season. Jeffrey Lane on "The Digital Street."
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Tuesday's dramatic Oval Office showdown over border wall spending and a government shutdown showed just how much power has shifted in Washington after the 2018 midterms.
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
A term popularized by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman is now being used by Representative-elect Ocasio-Cortez to promote green jobs and environmental justice.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
A look at the infrastructure plans that President Trump is — and isn't — committed to.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
As Caucus Chairman, Jeffries will be a serious contender to take over Democratic leadership if Pelosi steps down.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Democrats vote Wednesday on their choice for House Speaker in January. Rep. Kathleen Rice has spent two terms in Congress trying to convince House Democrats to choose someone new.
Friday, November 16, 2018
Freshmen learn the ropes and make their first moves for committee seats.
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
New Jersey Democratic House candidates Mikie Sherrill and Tom Malinowksi flipped their districts, Democrat Max Rose flipped Staten Island, and Sen. Bob Menendez won a third term.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
The ads from the Great America PAC are just part of a last-minute advertising blitz by outside groups on both ends of the political spectrum right before Election Day.
Saturday, October 27, 2018
With just 10 days to go before the midterms, Democratic candidates in New Jersey and New York are outraising their Republican counterparts. But the power of incumbency is strong.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
In a place where seniority matters, long-serving local members of Congress will reap the benefits of a Democratic takeover.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
A racially-charged political ad in a close House race has ignited a debate about race and culture in upstate New York.
Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Once again, Schumer has to hold his caucus together while trying to win over two Republicans.
Monday, September 17, 2018
The announcement caught local Republicans by surprise.
Saturday, September 15, 2018
What high primary turnout and left-leaning politics mean for the general election.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
The ad brings race to the forefront in New York's 19th Congressional District.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Upstate Republican candidates for Congress are taking advantage of a 2014 Supreme Court decision that 'supercharged' joint fundraising committees.