Ted O'Brien

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Ted O'Brien
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New York State Senate District 55
In office
January 1, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 1
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$172/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Ted O'Brien is a Democratic member of the New York State Senate, representing District 55. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business
Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation
Local Government


Campaign themes

O'Brien highlighted the following as his priorities:

  • "End taxpayer subsidies for corporations that outsource jobs overseas."
  • "Fight to lower property taxes so middle class families can afford to live in our communities."
  • "Pass the New York Fair Pay Act so that women and men who do the same job receive the same pay."
  • "Raise the minimum wage so that hardworking families have a better quality of life and more cash to spend in local businesses."
  • "Provide incentives for small businesses that create good, local jobs."



See also: New York State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New York State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place September 9, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Incumbent Ted O'Brien was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Rich Funke was unopposed in the Republican primary. O'Brien is running on the Working Families Party and UTR-Upstate Tax Relief tickets and Funke is running on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. O'Brien and Funke will face off in the general election.[1]


See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012

O'Brien ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 55. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. O'Brien defeated Sean T. Hanna (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

New York State Senate, District 55, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTed O'Brien 52% 70,020
     Republican Sean Hanna 48% 64,572
Total Votes 134,592

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ted O'Brien is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Ted O'Brien raised a total of $545,640 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 23, 2013.[5]

Ted O'Brien's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Senate, District 55 Won $545,640
Grand Total Raised $545,640


Ted O'Brien won election to the New York State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Ted O'Brien raised a total of $545,640.
New York State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ted O'Brien's campaign in 2012
Democratic Senate Campaign Cmte of New York$243,000
O'Brien, Edward$28,645
Rochester Regional Joint Board Unite Here!$10,300
1199 Seiu United Healthcare Workers East$10,300
New York State United Teachers$10,300
Total Raised in 2012$545,640
Source:Follow the Money


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In 2013, the 200th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 9 to December 31. In 2014, the 200th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 8 to June 19, 2014. The legislature will be in recess from June 22 to January 6, 2015.[6]

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Preceded by
James Alesi (R)
New York Senate District 55
Succeeded by