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A fifth-generation South Texas rancher, Sheriff T. Michael O’Connor continues his stewardship in public service and as a businessman. Sheriff O’Connor is a graduate of Texas A&M University ’77 and has been involved in law enforcement for over 30 years. In 2005, O’Connor was sworn in as Sheriff of Victoria County, Texas and immediately implemented his theme; “Excellence in Law Enforcement”.His main priority is to the residents of Victoria County; to serve and protect.

He is currently serving as President of the South Texas Coastal Sheriff’s Alliance (STCSA) which includes twenty three (23) counties in South Texas Coastal Bend allowing him to be an instrumental voice in addressing common issues among local law enforcement. “Criminal Justice” as well as “Equal Justice” were some of the driving forces to him launching the STCSA. Sheriff O’Connor is also Board Chair of Law Enforcement Alliance Project (LEAP) and a member of Project Safe Neighborhood (PSN) Task Force of the Southern District through the United States Department of Justice and the United States Attorney’s Office.

He is actively involved with Texas Association of Counties-Policy Action Group (TAC-PAG), National Sheriff’s Association serving on the NSI, Education & Training and Congressional Affairs Committees.  As a member of the Sheriff's Association of Texas he serves on the Jail Advisory and Legislative Committees.  Sheriff O'Connor continues his involvement in Victoria's local civic organizations.

T. Michael O’Connor is a former Vice Chairman of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents and served on the State Government Management Task Force.  In September 2007, Sheriff O’Connor was appointed by Governor Rick Perry, to the Texas Border Security Council.  The council, created by Senate Bill 11, creates performance standards, reporting requirements, audit methods and other procedures for Homeland Security Fund allocation and use.  In addition, he served as a special appointee of the Governor to the Criminal Justice Task Force for the Comprehensive Review of the Criminal Justice System.

T. Michael has been married to LuAnn O’Connor for 30+ years.  They have two children; Jane Vivian O'Connor, '05 and Thomas Fleming O'Connor, '11.