|Michigan House of Representatives, District 61|
|January 1, 2011 - present|
|January 1, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Per diem||$10,800 yearly expense allowance|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||3 terms|
|Bachelor's||James Madison College at Michigan State University, 1996|
|Birthday||November 20, 1973|
|Place of birth||Kalamazoo, Michigan|
|Profession||Real estate agent|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
O'Brien graduated from Michigan State University. Her professional experience includes working as a real estate agent for REMAX Advantage Realty and a volunteer for Catholic Family Services.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, O'Brien served on the following committees:
|Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012|
|• Tax Policy, Vice-chair|
|• Transportation and Infrastructure|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, O'Brien served on the following committees:
|Michigan Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Families and Children's Services|
|• Tax Policy|
O'Brien's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Excerpt: "We need to turn Michigan's economy around by creating a better business climate. I will work to reduce burdensome taxes and regulations that send our jobs out of our state."
- Excerpt: "We need to find a better way to fund essential government services. We need to overhaul our tax structure, not merely change it by moving numbers around as we did with the Michigan Business Tax."
- Excerpt: "I will be a good steward of your tax dollars. As a small business owner, I understand how to budget and how to make painful cuts during difficult times. I understand the negative consequences we experience when our taxes increase. I will make the tough decisions"
- Excerpt: "I will advocate for children getting a solid education in the public, private and home school systems. I will fight to maintain parental control for their children's education."
- Excerpt: "We must continue to provide opportunities for all sources of energy to compete."
O'Brien won election in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 61. She was unopposed in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated Michael Martin (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 61, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Margaret O'Brien Incumbent||58.2%||27,726|
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 61 General election (2010)|
|Margaret O'Brien (R)'||21,919|
|Thomas Batten (D)||13,671|
Comprehensive donor information for O'Brien is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, O'Brien raised a total of $132,727 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 11, 2013.
|Margaret O'Brien's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Michigan State House, District 61||$56,046|
|2010||Michigan State House, District 61||$44,855|
|2008||Michigan State House, District 61||$31,826|
|Grand Total Raised||$132,727|
2012O'Brien won re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, O'Brien raised a total of $56,046.
|Michigan House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Margaret O'Brien's campaign in 2012|
|Michigan Republican Party||$3,582|
|Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association||$2,464|
|Michigan Association Of Realtors||$2,384|
|Michigan Physical Therapy Association||$2,100|
|Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan||$2,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$56,046|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010O'Brien won election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, O'Brien raised a total of $44,855.
|Michigan House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Margaret O'Brien's campaign in 2010|
|Michigan Association Of Realtors||$2,500|
|Michigan Chamber of Commerce||$1,000|
|Bolger Restore Michigan Fund||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$44,855|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2008O'Brien lost the election for the Michigan House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, O'Brien raised a total of $31,826.
|Michigan House of Representatives 2008 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Margaret O'Brien's campaign in 2008|
|Michigan Association of Realtors||$5,000|
|Turf Builders PAC||$1,500|
|Michigan Townships Association||$500|
|Total Raised in 2008||$31,826|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Tea Party Scorecard
The Independent Tea Party Patriots, a Michigan Tea Party group, grades the votes of this and every other Michigan legislator on “core tea party issues” in a regularly-updated scorecard. 100% is considered an ideal rating.
January 2011 - March 2012
Margaret O'Brien received a 71% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.
O'Brien and her husband, Nick, have two children.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Margaret + O'Brien + Michigan + Legislature
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- Reaction to Gov. Snyder's State of the State address mixed among legislators ... - Mlive Kalamazoo
- Julie Mack: State Rep. Margaret O'Brien urges 'thoughtful' investment in K-12 ... - Mlive Kalamazoo
- Michigan teacher evaluation requirements set for changes under bipartisan ... - MLive.com
- Teacher evaluation changes could cost Michigan school districts up to $42 million - MLive.com
- Statewide Teacher Evaluations Debated in Lansing - WEMU
- Julie Mack: K-12 funding and mulling how much it costs to educate a child - Kalamazoo Gazette - MLive.com
- O'Brien talks upcoming legislative session - WKZO
- Kalamazoo Area Lawmakers react to the State of the State - WNWN-FM
- Kalamazoo area State House Representatives have perfect voting records - WNWN-FM
- Office website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- "margaretobrien," Official Campaign Website
- Mitt Romney Campaign Website "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Michigan Speaker of The House Jase Bolger and Additional Members of The Michigan Legislature," September 19, 2011
- Associated Press "Michigan - Summary Vote Results," Accessed August 7, 2012
- Follow the Money, "Obrien, Margaret E." Retrieved June 11, 2013.
- Michigan Votes, "Tea Party Scorecard Jan 2011-Mar 2012," accessed June 25, 2012
Larry DeShazor (R)
|Michigan House of Representatives District 61
| Succeeded by|
State of Michigan
|State executive officers||
Governor | Lieutenant Governor | Attorney General | Secretary of State | Treasurer | Auditor General | Superintendent of Public Instruction | Commissioner of Insurance | Director of Agriculture and Rural Development | Director of Natural Resources | Director of Labor and Economic Growth | Chairman of Public Service Commission |
Michigan Supreme Court | Supreme Court Elections | Court of Appeals | First Circuit Court of Appeals | Second Circuit Court of Appeals | Third Circuit Court of Appeals | Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals | List of Michigan Circuit Courts | Judicial Nominating Commission | Judicial news | Judicial activist organizations |