O'Rourke has deep ties to New Hampshire. His mother, Kathryn O'Rourke, who currently resides in New Durham, was born and raised in Durham. O'Rourke's maternal grandmother was Eleanor King Murphy of Deerfield. O'Rourke's maternal lineage traces back to the Mayflower and the King family has a long history of public service, notably to the town of Deerfield, its school board, and the Deerfield Fair Association.

O'Rourke's paternal grandparents lived in Lee for 20 years. His grandmother, Madeline O'Rourke, then resided in Nashua for an additional 10 years.

Both of O'Rourke's parents attended the University of New Hampshire. 


Upon completion of his military service in 2007, O'Rourke chose to return to New Hampshire. In addition to serving as Rochester's first city attorney, O'Rourke is an active resident of Alton and serves on the town's budget committee.


O'Rourke pledges to serve the First District for the foreseeable future. He is also committed to raising his young children in New Hampshire. The family frequents community events around the district. Follow O'Rourke @TerenceMOrourke.