Geoff Connor's interest in politics began in the 1960's when as a small boy he understood that his uncle was in Vietnam as an Air Force officer and was shown maps and heard news stories about the war there. By the early 1970's he was watching the Watergate hearings and learning about the branches of government and how the Constitution holds it all together.
In 1976, in the 8th grade, Geoff coordinated the mock election program for Gerald Ford. Although Ford won the vote in Winters Junior High, the national election was a different story. Better luck came in 1980 when, as a high school junior, Connor participated in a debate and mock election on behalf of the Ronald Reagan campaign. That time his candidate won both the school election and the real one!
Connor joined the College Republican Chapter at Texas State University in 1981 when he entered as a freshman. He became Chairman his sophomore year and was also the coordinator for the Collegiates for Clements campaign, as the then Texas Governor was seeking a second term. He was not successful and Connor saw all the Republican statewide candidates go down in defeat. By 1984 things were better and he worked as a scheduling assistant in the Texas headquarters of the Reagan-Bush campaign. Connor was a delegate to the Republican State Convention in Austin in 1982. At age 19 he was the youngest delegate as was invited to the Governor's Mansion by Rita Clements. He has been a delegate to every Republican State Convention since then except for 2002 and 2004 when his official position as the state's chief elections officer precluded his service. He was an alternate delegate in 1992 for George H.W. Bush at the Republican National Convention in Houston. He was an alternate delegate for Bob Dole in 1996 in San Diego, and was a full delegate for George W. Bush in 2000 at Philadelphia.
Connor has been active over the years in the Austin Republican Club, Bastrop County Republicans, Young Conservatives and similar organizations. He has been a volunteer for many GOP candidates at the local, state and national level.