William O'Brien (Rhode Island)
|Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 54|
|January 6, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Bachelor's||Rhode Island College|
O'Brien earned his B.S. in Mathematics from Rhode Island College. His professional experience includes working as a math teacher at Hope High School in Providence.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, O'Brien served on the following committees:
|Rhode Island Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Environment and Natural Resources|
|• Health, Education and Welfare|
On his website, O'Brien stated that he, "supports the increased use of wind power for Rhode Island. He will also work to pass legislation protecting consumers from predatory lenders."
Elections for the office of Rhode Island House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 25, 2014. Incumbent William O'Brien was unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election.
O'Brien won election in the 2012 election for Rhode Island House of Representatives District 54. O'Brien defeated Lance Mantia and David Pellegrino in the September 11 Democratic primary and defeated Kenneth Amoriggi II in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 54, General Election, 2012|
|Independent||Kenneth Amoriggi II||43.9%||2,647|
|Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 54 Democratic Primary, 2012|
O'Brien was a 2010 Democratic candidate for District 54 of the Rhode Island House of Representatives. The primary election took place on September 14, 2010, and the general election took place on November 2, 2010. He was defeated in the 2010 Democratic primary by Gregory Schadone on September 14, 2010.
Comprehensive donor information for William O'Brien is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, William O'Brien raised a total of $32,200 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 9, 2013.
|William O'Brien's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 54||$18,350|
|2010||Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 54||$13,850|
|Grand Total Raised||$32,200|
2012William O'Brien won re-election to the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, William O'Brien raised a total of $18,350.
|Rhode Island House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to William O'Brien (Rhode Island)'s campaign in 2012|
|Obrien, William W||$3,000|
|Obrien, June F||$1,000|
|Obrien, June F||$1,000|
|Obrien, June F||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$18,350|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010William O'Brien won re-election to the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, William O'Brien raised a total of $13,850.
|Rhode Island House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to William O'Brien (Rhode Island)'s campaign in 2010|
|Obrien, William W||$12,000|
|Rhode Island House Democratic Leadership Fund||$500|
|Rhode Island Afl-Cio||$300|
|Cranston Teachers Alliance||$250|
|North Providence Federation Of Teachers Local 920||$200|
|Total Raised in 2010||$13,850|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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In August 2012 it was reported that O'Brien took material for his campaign website directly from the website of Georgia Senator Jason Carter (D), the grandson of Jimmy Carter. While the two both admit that they are friends and the content is not taken without permission, O'Brien stated, "Looking back at it, I wish I didn’t do it, but this is not plagiarism. I had 100 percent permission to use that material. There’s nothing wrong with using statements that came from a friend that you agree with."
One of his primary opponents, David Pellegrino, was critical of upon hearing the news, saying "If he can’t come up with his own ideas what’s he going to do if he gets to the Statehouse? These could be great ideas. My friends have great ideas, but they’re not the ones running for office."
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- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography of Rep. William O'Brien," accessed June 10, 2014
- Williamobrien2012.com, "Mission," accessed August 21, 2012(Archived)
- Rhode Island Secretary of State, "Candidates for Representative in General Assembly," accessed June 30, 2014
- Rhode Island Secretary of State, "2014 Statewide Primary Results: Representative in General Assembly," accessed September 26, 2014
- Rhode Island Board of Elections, "Official 2014 general election results," accessed December 4, 2014
- Candidates in Upcoming Elections, "Rhode Island Secretary of State," accessed July 10, 2012
- State of Rhode Island Board of Elections, "2012 Statewide Primary Results," accessed June 10, 2014
- State of Rhode Island Board of Elections, "2012 Statewide General Election Results," accessed June 10, 2014
- State of Rhode Island Board of Elections, "2010 Statewide Primary Results," accessed June 10, 2014
- State of Rhode Island Board of Elections, "2010 Statewide General Election Results," accessed June 10, 2014
- Cherokee Tribune, "RI candidate copies Ga. politician's website," August 8, 2012
- followthemoney.org, "Obrien, William W," accessed August 9, 2013
Gregory Schadone (D)
|Rhode Island House of Representatives - District 54
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