Elaine O'Brien

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Elaine O'Brien
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Connecticut House of Representatives, District 61
Former member
In office
2011 - February 20, 2014
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sPennsylvania State University
Master'sWestfield State College
Date of birthAugust 1, 1955
Place of birthMedford, Massachusetts
Elaine C. O'Brien (August 1, 1955 - February 20, 2014) was a Democratic member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing District 61 from 2011 until her death from brain cancer on February 20, 2014.[1]

O'Brien served as a member of the Suffield Board of Education from 1993 to 2005 and Town Clerk of Suffield from 1998 to 2010.[2]


O'Brien earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from Pennsylvania State University and her master's degree in Public Administration from Westfield State College.[2]

Committee assignments


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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations, Vice Chair


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



See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2012

O'Brien ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut House of Representatives District 61. O'Brien ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. She defeated Tami Zawistowski (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 61, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElaine O'Brien Incumbent 52.2% 5,754
     Republican Tami Zawistowski 47.8% 5,263
Total Votes 11,017


See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2010

O'Brien was unopposed in the August 10 primary. She defeated Republican Malvi Lennon in the November 2 general election.[6][7]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 61 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Elaine O'Brien (D) 4,993
Malvi Lennon (R) 3,745

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for O'Brien is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, O'Brien raised a total of $73,161 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 23, 2013.[8]

Elaine O'Brien's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Connecticut House of Representatives, District 61 Won $37,120
2010 Connecticut House of Representatives, District 61 Won $36,041
Grand Total Raised $73,161


O'Brien won re-election to the Connecticut House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, O'Brien raised a total of $37,120.


In 2010, O'Brien raised $36,041 in contributions.[9]

Her three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $25,325
Speakers Leadership Cmte $3,274
House Democrats Caucus Cmte Of Connecticut $1,075


Yankee Institute's Voter Guide

See also: Yankee Institute's Voter Guide

The Yankee Institute, a pro-market think tank, releases its Voter Guide after each two-year legislative term. Each member of the Connecticut General Assembly receives a score from 0 to 10 based on how he or she voted in ten key votes. The Institute selects key votes which "reveal the differences between those legislators that would harness the power of individual liberty and the market to improve lives, and those that prefer a centrally-planned approach." A legislator with a 10 voted in agreement with the Yankee Institute on all 10 votes, while a legislator with a 0 voted against the Yankee Institute's views or was absent for all 10 votes.[10]


O'Brien received a score of 2 on the Yankee Institute's Voter Guide for 2011-12, tied for the 55th highest score among the 152 scored members of the Connecticut House of Representatives. She did not receive a score for the 2009-10 term because she was not yet in the legislature.[10]


O'Brien left behind a widower, Justin Donnelly, and their three sons.[11][2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Matthew Conway
Connecticut House District 61
Succeeded by
Tami Zawistowski (R)