Mike O'Brien

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Mike O'Brien
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Michigan, District 6
Campaign website
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Mike O'Brien was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 6th Congressional District of Michigan.


O'Brien served in the United States Marine Corps as a Reconnaissance Marine. After he left active duty, he graduated from college and started his professional life as a management consultant while living in France. He then worked in the real estate and trucking industries until he joined an offshore wind energy company as their Director of Development. During that time, he also served on then-Governor Granholm's Offshore Wind Council. Currently, he works at Herman Miller, where he leads the development and commercialization of new product designs.[1]


O'Brien's career highlights are listed below.[2]

  • Reconnaissance Marine, United States Marine Corps
  • Development and Commercialization Leader at Herman Miller
  • Management Consultant
  • Business Development Expert


Campaign themes


O'Brien's campaign highlighted the four issues below, stating that "Each one is critical to our well-being and each one will create new and better jobs for Americans."[3]

  • Economy

Excerpt: "We can craft tax policy that maintains essential programs, while incenting business investment and American jobs, and ensuring that everyone, and every corporation, pays its fair share to get the job done."[4]

  • Education

Excerpt: "I believe that America’s greatness depends on the quality of our public schools and supporting our teachers in building the minds of the future – today."[5]

  • Energy

Excerpt: "I believe there is must be a true “all of the above” answer to energy for our nation. We must drill, mine, harness, harvest and gather energy from all sources and do it in a responsible manner that protects the health of our land and our people."[6]

  • Environment

Excerpt: "I believe that as stewards of creation, we can join together in protecting and conserving the natural bounty that makes SW Michigan so unique to fishermen and hunters, hikers and snowmobilers, bird watchers and beachgoers, and of course for our children, and the children to come."[7]



See also: Michigan's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

O'Brien was defeated by incumbent Fred Upton.[8] O'Brien ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Michigan's 6th District. O'Brien ran unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary. He faced incumbent Fred Upton (R), Christie Gelineau (L), and Jason Gatties (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[9]

U.S. House, Michigan District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Mike O'Brien 42.6% 136,563
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFred Upton Incumbent 54.6% 174,955
     Libertarian Christie Gelineau 2% 6,366
     UST Jason Gatties 0.8% 2,591
Total Votes 320,475
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


O'Brien released the campaign ad below on September 26, 2012.[10]

Mike O'Brien, "Leadership"[11]

Campaign donors


Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

O'Brien lost the United States House of Representatives election in 2012. During that election cycle, O'Brien's campaign committee raised a total of $293,987 and spent $292,383.[12]


O'Brien is married and has one child.[13]

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