Representative John H. Connors View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 3/7/2009
Birth Place: Des Moines, Iowa
Birth County: Polk
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Assemblies Served:
House: 65 (1973) - 80 (2003)
Home County: Polk
John H. Connors
Polk County


Mr. Speaker: Your committee, appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life character, and public service of the late Honorable John Connors begs to submit the following Memorial:

John Connors was born December 2, 1922 in Des Moines, the son of John J. and Edna Connors. After graduation from Des Moines North High School in 1942, John joined the Merchant Marines, serving from 1943 to 1946. In 1945 John and Marjorie (Leonard) were married.

John began his career as a Des Moines Firefighter in 1950 and served until retiring as a Captain in 1977. An active member of the union, John served for 20 years as president of the Des Moines Association of Professional Firefighters. Prior to his election to the House of Representatives, John worked at the Statehouse as a lobbyist for the Firefighters Union.

John’s community leadership included service as chair or president of many organizations, including: the Board of Trustees of Des Moines General Hospital, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Des Moines Friendship and Sister City Commission and the Polk County Society for Crippled Children and Adults. He was also a member of the American Legion, Masonic Orders and the First Christian Church.

As president of Golden Gloves Boxing and chairman of the Council of State Governments, John brought both the Golden Gloves National Boxing Championships and the National Annual Meeting of the Council of State Governments to Des Moines.

A Democrat, Mr. Connors was a member of the Sixty-fifth, Sixty-sixth, Sixty-seventh, Sixty-seventh Extra, Sixty-eighth, Sixty-ninth, Sixty-ninth Extra, Sixty-ninth Second-extra, Seventieth, Seventy-first, Seventy-second, Seventy-second Extra, Seventy-second Second-extra, Seventy-third, Seventy-fourth, Seventy-fourth Extra, Seventy-fourth Second-extra, Seventy-fifth, Seventy-sixth, Seventy-seventh, Seventy-eighth, Seventy-ninth, Seventy-ninth Extra, Seventy-ninth Second-extra, Eightieth, Eightieth Extra and Eightieth Second-extra General Assemblies (1973-2004)

John Connors died on March 7, 2009 at the age of 86.

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved By The House Of Representatives Of The Eighty-Third General Assembly Of Iowa, That in the passing of the Honorable John Connors, the State has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and the House by this Resolution would express its appreciation of his service.

Be It Further Resolved, That a copy of this Resolution be spread upon the Journal of the House, and that the Chief Clerk be directed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.