Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, John Connelly – John Robert Connelly was born on May 6, 1934 and spent a great deal of his life in Sacramento. As a young adult, John attended and earned his high school diploma from C.K. McClatchy High School. After graduation, he moved to Chicago, Illinois in order to attend the University of Chicago. There he recalls that he spent most his freshman year completing undergraduate and general education requirements.
Soon after John completed his first year of college, he enlisted in the military. John served in the Army for three years as a special agent for the Counterintelligence Corps (Army CIC). He was first deployed to Fort Jackson, South Carolina in order to complete 16 weeks of basic military training. He was later deployed to Fort Holabird, Maryland, training as a special agent for the Counterintelligence Corps. He was last stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and it is there that he successfully completed 32 air drops.
When John completed his three years in the military, he moved back to Sacramento, California and attended Sacramento State College to earn his Bachelor’s Degree emphasizing in history. Once he had completed his college degree, he was employed by the State of California as a Chief Administrator Officer, during this time he was also known as “Bob” due to his middle name, Robert. Throughout John’s 30 year career with the government, he held notable positions working in the Assembly Rules Committee and the Joint Legislative Committee. In 2012, John earned his Master’s Degree from Sacramento State University studying American and European history.
John spent 30 years with the California Legislature, rising to the position of Chief Administrative Officer of the Assembly Rules Committee where he was responsible for computer, personnel, space management, utilities and policy committee programs. His responsibilities included assignment of legislation to the appropriate policy committee and direction of the central staff. In addition, his duties included the purchase of approximately 80 automobiles every other year for use by the members and senior staff.
When asked about where he finds his passion of history, he shared that he enjoys the fascination of learning about the world’s story and the stories that people of different backgrounds are involved in. We are pleased that John has made his home at Carlton Senior Living Sacramento where he can share his love of history with his friends and neighbors.
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