As Cook County Clerk since 1991, David Orr is the chief election authority for suburban Cook County, one of the largest election jurisdictions in the country.
A progressive voice in Chicago politics for more than 30 years, Orr has been nationally commended for his leadership on election reform, the Motor Voter law, early voting, and student election judge programs. Orr’s innovative efforts to boost productivity and improve efficiency in his office have also garnered recognition from Microsoft and the National Association of County Officials.
An advocate for open government, Orr fought for Chicago’s first major ethics legislation while a city alderman. Following the death of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington, Orr took over as mayor and was recognized for his strong and sensible leadership during one of the most tumultuous periods in Chicago’s political history.
Orr is the father of four grown children and lives in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. Prior to seeking elected office, Orr worked as an assistant professor of history and urban affairs.
Cook County Clerk David Orr has dedicated his life to public service for more than 35 years. On April 16, 1979, David was sworn in as 49th Ward Alderman. During three and a half decades of elected office, his motivation has remained constant – serving constituents to the utmost of his ability.
Please take a minute to look at a timeline commemorating the occasion in recognition of David’s many accomplishments.
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