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Pat O'Brien

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Pat O'Brien
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Former candidate for
Arkansas Secretary of State
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Secretary of State 2010 elections
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Pat O'Brien (born October 8, 1969, in Sioux City, Iowa) is the current Democratic county clerk for Sebastian County, Arkansas. On June 18, 2009, he announced his candidacy for the office of Secretary of State, the seat vacated by Democrat Charlie Daniels, who was barred by state term-limit laws from running for a third term.[1]


  • Graduated from Jacksonville High School (1988)
  • Bachelor's degree, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (1992) in political science
  • Juris Doctorate degree, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (1995)

Professional experience

O'Brien partnered with Mike Wilson, then a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, in establishing a private practice law firm in 1995. From 1996 until 2000, when Wilson went to serve on the Worker's Compensation Commission, he became partners with Will Bond. O'Brien was a member of the Board of Directors for the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce for a term before serving as president of Downtown Jacksonville, Inc., a business dedicated to revitalizing the downtown area of Jacksonville and attracting new businesses.

Political career

In September 1999, O'Brien was elected to Zone 6 of the Pulaski County School Board, where he served a full term of four years. He then became Chief of Staff for the 22nd Judicial District's Prosecuting Attorney's office, run by Robert Herzfeld. His responsibilities included litigating complex cases and cleaning up delinquent case files that had yet to be prosecuted.

Campaign finances

According to Follow the Money, as of April 2010, O'Brien has raised $261,950 for his secretary of state campaign. $203,241, or 77.6%, of those contributions came from individuals.[2]



See also: Arkansas Secretary of State election, 2010
2010 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary[3]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Pat O'Brien 48.9%[4]
     Democratic Party Mark Wilcox 34.6%
     Democratic Party Doris Tate 16.6%
Total Votes 305,216
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2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary Runoff[5]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Pat O'Brien 62.3%
     Democratic Party Mark Wilcox 37.4%
Total Votes 225,242
2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election[6]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Mark Martin 51.3%
     Democratic Party Pat O'Brien 48.7%
Total Votes 764,591

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External links


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  1. Times Record Online, "Clerk Seeks Statewide Office" 18 June, 2009
  2. Follow the Money - Candidate Summary: Pat O'Brien
  3. Arkansas Secretary of State - 2010 Democratic Primary Election Results
  4. Even though Pat O'Brien received the most votes, he failed to receive over fifty percent of those votes required by Arkansas state law. A runoff election between the top two vote recipients, therefore, was required to decide who went on to the general election.
  5. Arkansas Secretary of State - 2010 Democratic Primary Runoff Election Results
  6. Arkansas Secretary of State - 2010 General Election Results