Connie O'Brien

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Connie O'Brien
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Kansas House of Representatives District 42
Incumbent
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$88.66/day
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sSt. Mary College of Leavenworth (1996)
Personal
BirthdayOctober 12, 1946
Place of birthKansas City, Missouri
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Connie O'Brien is a Republican member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 42. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

O'Brien earned her B.A. in Social Studies and Secondary Education from St. Mary College of Leavenworth. Her professional experience includes working as a teacher in Basehor-Linwood, Leavenworth, and McClouth.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, O'Brien served on the following committees:

Kansas Committee Assignments, 2012
Children and Seniors, Chair
Local Government
Elections
Agriculture and Natural Resources

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, O'Brien served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, O'Brien served on the following committees:

Issues

Policy positions

Her answers to the Kansas State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are available. In the test she listed her legislative priorities as "Balancing the budget and lowering taxes - support policies that create job. Job creation, not taxation."[2]

  • H 2150 Property taxation; 2% limit on valuation increases. 02/27/2009
  • H 2206 Amendments to late term and partial birth abortion law. 03/05/2009[3]

Campaign themes

O'Brien's website highlights the following campaign themes:[4]

Education

  • Excerpt: "I support full funding for special education. As a former special education teacher, I have seen, first hand, where changes need to be made and I will work to bring those improvements to every child in Kansas."

Taxes

  • Excerpt: "Making Kansas a better place to live, do business, and raise a family is the answer to our budget crisis. I have supported policies that encourage business expansion and private sector employment opportunities."

Energy

  • Excerpt: "We simply must not be dependant on foreign countries for our energy needs, especially countries that bear us ill will."

Traditional Values

  • Excerpt: "I am Pro-woman, Pro-family and Pro-life. I'm for the guys too. I have six, my husband and five sons. I love them all."

Immigration

  • Excerpt: "As your State Representative I will continue to support legislation that discourages illegal immigration."

Elections

2014

See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Kansas House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Austin Lee Harris defeated Harold Fevurly in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Connie O'Brien was unopposed in the Republican primary.[5]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 42 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAustin Lee Harris 56% 310
Harold Fevurly 44% 244
Total Votes 554

2012

See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

O'Brien won re-election in the 2012 election for Kansas House of Representatives District 42. She defeated Sandra Bohne in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated Harold Fevurly, Jr. (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 42, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngConnie O'Brien Incumbent 63.4% 5,910
     Democratic Harold Fevurly, Jr. 36.6% 3,410
Total Votes 9,320
Kansas House of Representatives, District 42 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngConnie O'Brien Incumbent 62.8% 1,125
Sandra Bohne 37.2% 667
Total Votes 1,792

2010

See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

O'Brien won re-election to the 42nd District seat against Jim Pittman (D). O'Brien had no opposition in the GOP primary. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[7]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 42 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngConnie O'Brien (R) 5,483
Jim Pittman (D) 2,989

2008

On November 4, 2008, O'Brien was elected to the 42nd District Seat in the Kansas House of Representatives, defeating Timothy Moran (D).[8] O'Brien raised $13,330 for her campaign, while Moran raised $4,444.[9]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 42
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngConnie O'Brien (R) 7,613 59.5%
Timothy Moran (D) 5,165 40.4%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for O'Brien is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, O'Brien raised a total of $72,598 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 14, 2013.[10]

Connie O'Brien's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kansas State House, District 42 Won $27,438
2010 Kansas State House, District 42 Won $26,826
2008 Kansas State House, District 42 Won $13,330
2004 Kansas State Senate, District 3 Defeated $4,851
2000 Kansas State Senate, District 3 Defeated $153
Grand Total Raised $72,598

2012

O'Brien won re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, O'Brien raised a total of $27,438.
Kansas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Connie O'Brien's campaign in 2012
Obrien, Connie$5,595
Kansas Association of Realtors$1,000
Kansas Chamber of Commerce & Industry$1,000
Koch Industries$1,000
Kansas Bankers Association$800
Total Raised in 2012$27,438
Source:Follow the Money

2010

O'Brien won re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, O'Brien raised a total of $26,826.

2008

O'Brien won election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, O'Brien raised a total of $13,330.

2004

O'Brien lost the election for the Kansas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, O'Brien raised a total of $4,851.

2000

O'Brien lost the election for the Kansas House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, O'Brien raised a total of $153.

Scorecards

Kansas Freedom Index

The Kansas Policy Institute, Kansas’s "first free market think tank," releases its legislator scorecard as a part of its Kansas Freedom Index for Kansas state representatives and senators once a year. The Score Card gives each legislator a score from 1%-100% based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on specific issues which the Kansas Policy Institute thought were pro-limited government policies.[11]

2013

Connie O'Brien received a score of 64.0% in the 2013 index.[12]

Personal

O'Brien and her husband, Edward, have eleven children.[13]

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