Terence O’Rourke has devoted his professional life to public service. O’Rourke considers public service to be a vocation. O’Rourke applied his passion for history and political science by becoming a lawyer.
He currently serves as Rochester's first city attorney. Previously he served as an Assistant County Attorney in both Rockingham and Carroll Counties where he prosecuted cases ranging from speeding tickets to Aggravated Felonious Sexual Assault. In addition to his employment in New Hampshire, O'Rourke spent three years in Alabama as an Assistant United States Attorney where he prosecuted a vast array of federal crimes while being a member of the district’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. O’Rourke also spent a year in private practice at the highly regarded firm of Hoefle, Phoenix, Gormley, and Roberts in Portsmouth.
O’Rourke’s service is marked by compassion. He always strives to prosecute the major players and practice leniency whenever possible against economically and socially disadvantaged individuals caught up in the system.
O’Rourke is also defined by his experience as a military officer. By joining the Army, he continued a commitment to this nation honored by his father and grandfathers before him. In the O’Rourke household, the military is known as “the service;” O’Rourke answered the call.
From his time in the military, O’Rourke learned the importance of steady, honest, and adaptable leadership. Most importantly, O’Rourke learned the truth of his alma mater Marquette University’s motto: Cura Personalis or “care for the entire person.” As a military officer, you must care for each and every soldier in your unit. If one soldier feels forgotten, the whole unit suffers.
For his service in the Iraq War, O’Rourke earned a Bronze Star and the Combat Action Badge.
O'Rourke earned his Juris Doctor degree from Tulane University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Marquette University.
Terence is a proud husband, father, alumni of Marquette University and Tulane University, and a staunch Red Sox fan.