John was raised on Long Island, New York, and now resides in Mechanicsville, Maryland, with his wife Elizabeth and son John Edward II. Elizabeth O'Connor retired from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office in March after twenty-two years of honorable service. She is Campaigning to become County Commissioner of District 3.


John enlisted in the United States Army after finishing High School and spent time in Kosovo conducting peacekeeping missions. He also preformed combat operations in Iraq. During John's seven plus years in the Army, he served as a Paratrooper, Military Police Officer, and Non-commissioned Officer.   

  • Army Service Ribbon

  • Kosovo Campaign Medal

  • Army Good Conduct Medal (x2)

  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

  • Purple Heart Medal   

  • Combat Action Badge

  • National Defense Service Medal

  • Army Commendation Medal 

       with Valor Device (x2)

  • Parachutist Badge​

  • Iraq Campaign Medal​​

  • Army Achievement Medal (x8)

  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal