Ruth O’Connell has long served as a community leader for conservative principles and for the election of conservative candidates to village, township, county and state offices, as well as to posts in the United States Congress and Senate. Since 2006, she has been elected and re-elected by Republican primary voters to lead the party’s organizational efforts in the area as Wheeling Township Republican Committeeman, a volunteer post. Her effective leadership prompted in 2008 her selection as the first recipient of the State GOP’s Honorable Henry J. Hyde Leadership Award. She helped found the Republican Women of Wheeling Township in 2004 and has served continually on the organization’s board.

Ruth was first elected a Wheeling Township Trustee in 2001 and is a leader on the town board for fiscal responsibility. She has served as a director of the Township Officials of Cook County.

A 42-year resident of Arlington Heights, she and her husband Frank are members of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church and are parents of three and grandparents of 12.