A PASSION FOR PITTSBURGH
Corey grew up in the neighborhoods he represents on City Council. Born into a family of (as Mr. Rogers would say) “Helpers,” he learned about community service from his parents, his brother and sister, and his neighbors.
Corey’s interest in public service started early. The youngest of three siblings, Corey was six when his father, the late Mayor Bob O’Connor, was elected to City Council. As a young boy, Corey frequently travelled across the city with his Dad to many events, observing, learning, and meeting residents.
He graduated from Central Catholic High School and Duquesne University, where he majored in Early Childhood Education. After college, he worked as a Community Development Representative on Congressman Mike Doyle’s regional staff.
Corey has served on City Council since 2011, advancing legislation to make his District and the whole city safer, healthier, and more prosperous for all residents. His office has written bills to incentivize businesses to raise the minimum wage, guarantee employee accrual of paid sick days; ensure accessible affordable housing, convene the first-ever Advisory Board on Entrepreneurship, create the first Pittsburgh HIV/AIDS Commission, and proactively regulate the medical marijuana industry. Councilman O’Connor also co-chairs the new Hays Woods Task Force established in 2018 and has been a key supporter of needed infrastructure improvements in Four Mile Run and Schenley Park.
A strong advocate of community service and support both inside and outside government, Corey was twice honored as Squirrel Hill Little League Baseball Coach of the Year and was the youngest varsity sports coach in WPIAL History. He still coaches the Central Catholic High School Golf Team, and also serves on several local boards and commissions, including the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN), Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (CLO), Omicelo Cares, and The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center.
Corey lives in Swisshelm Park with his wife, Katie, and Tippy, their seven-year-old rescue dog.