|North Dakota State Senate District 6|
|1988 - Present|
|December 1, 2016|
|Years in position||25|
|Per diem||Up to $1,351/month for lodging|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 8, 2016|
|North Dakota House of Representatives of Representatives|
|Associate's||Minot State University at Bottineau, 1960|
|Birthday||June 3, 1940|
|Place of birth||Elms Township, ND|
|Profession||Director, Sunprarie Grain|
O'Connell was an Engineering Aid in 1958. He was a Foreman/Operating Engineer from 1961 to 1963. He worked as an Airfield Clearing Operator in 1979. He has been President of North Central Electric from 1980 to the present. He has also worked as Director at Sunprarie Grain since 1990.
O'Connell earned his AA from Minot State University-Bottineau in 1960.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, O'Connell served on the following committees:
|North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, O'Connell served on this committee:
|North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2011|
O'Connell ran in the 2012 election for North Dakota Senate District 6. O'Connell ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12. He defeated Pamela Smith in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|North Dakota State Senate, District 6, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||David O'Connell Incumbent||54.3%||4,054|
On November 4, 2008, O'Connell was re-elected to the 6th District Seat in the North Dakota State Senate, besting James Paul Bartlett (R).  O'Connell raised $17,576 for his campaign, while Bartlett raised $2,450. 
|North Dakota Senate, District 6 (2008)|
|David O'Connell (D)||4,356|
|James Paul Bartlett (R)||1,951|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2008, O'Connell collected $17,576 in donations. These were the largest contributors.
|BASIN ELECTRIC POWER COOPERATIVE||$1,500|
|NORTH DAKOTA CHIROPRACTIC ASSOCIATION||$1,400|
|NORTH DAKOTA SENATE DEMOCRATIC-NPL CAUCUS||$1,200|
|NORTH DAKOTA ASSOCIATION OF RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES||$1,200|
O'Connell and his wife Ann have three children.
- Biography from the North Dakota State Senate website
- Legislative profile Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2000
|North Dakota State Senate District 6
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