Connor's career began as counsel on the staff of Texas Governor William P. Clements, Jr. 1988-91, ending as Deputy General Counsel. During this time he also served on the State Emergency Communications Commission (911 Commission). In 1991, he became General Counsel at the Texas Department of Agriculture under then Commissioner Rick Perry. In 1995, Connor became General Counsel of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (now Texas Commission on Environmental Quality). Connor left government in late 1998 to become senior counsel with the international law firm of Akin Gump at the Austin, Texas office. He was an attorney and lobbyist for many large companies on a variety of leading issues, including electric deregulation, telephone competition and environmental permitting. In 2001, he returned to state government when he was appointed Deputy Secretary of State by the new Governor Rick Perry. He became the Secretary of State in August 2003 serving until February 2005. Connor then worked as senior counsel at Jackson Walker until he left in 2007 and formed his own firm, Connor and Demond, PLLC. Connor also formed Texas Global, LLP with Ambassador Sada Cumber to provide consulting services to international business projects. He was a founder and the first chairman of CACH Capital Management, a registered financial advisory and wealth management firm. He is a principal with Stratus Energy, an energy services consulting firm focused on electric power generation, and is a founding board member of Alhambra-U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a chamber focused on trade and business between the U.S. and the 53 member nations of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.