Connorton, John

John Connorton in Irish Central, May 20, 2011

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A prominent New York lawyer, John Connorton worked to bring together politicians from different traditions in Northern Ireland, and as head of the New York chapter of the Friends of Belfast, he continues to encourage investment, innovation and enterprise as a way to support the peace process. An influential Democratic Party strategist, Connorton, who served as a naval officer in Vietnam, was the New York State director of presidential campaigns for Gary Hart (the first presidential candidate to have an opinion paper on Northern Ireland), Al Gore and John Kerry.

Connorton, who is on the board of the Flax Trust, Belfast, went to Holly Cross College and Fordham Law School. He was awarded an honorary CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his N.I. efforts. His grandparents came from Counties Roscommon, Mayo, Kerry and Cork