Margaret O'Brien

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Margaret O'Brien
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Current candidacy
Running for Michigan State Senate, District 20
Date of primaryAugust 5, 2014
Current office
Michigan House of Representatives, District 61
In office
January 1, 2011 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$71,685/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms
Bachelor'sJames Madison College at Michigan State University, 1996
BirthdayNovember 20, 1973
Place of birthKalamazoo, Michigan
ProfessionReal estate agent
Office website
Campaign website
Margaret O'Brien (b. November 20, 1973) is a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 61. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010. O'Brien currently serves as Associate Speaker Pro Tempore.

O'Brien is a 2014 Republican candidate for District 20 of the Michigan State Senate.


O'Brien earned her B.S. from Michigan State University in 1996. Her professional experience includes working as a real estate agent for REMAX Advantage Realty and a volunteer for Catholic Family Services.

Committee assignments


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:


Campaign themes


O'Brien's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]


  • 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."

Tax Reform

  • 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."

Fiscal Responsibility

  • 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."

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Margaret O'Brien endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [2]



See also: Michigan State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Sean McCann was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Margaret O'Brien defeated Ron Zuiderveen in the Republican primary. Lorence Wenke is running as a Libertarian candidate.[3][4]


See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[5]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 61, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMargaret O'Brien Incumbent 58.2% 27,726
     Democratic Michael Martin 41.8% 19,876
Total Votes 47,602


See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

O'Brien won election to the District 61 seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. She defeated Thomas Batten (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[6][7]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 61 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Margaret O'Brien (R)' 21,919
Thomas Batten (D) 13,671

Campaign donors

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.[8]

Margaret O'Brien's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Michigan State House, District 61 Won $56,046
2010 Michigan State House, District 61 Won $44,855
2008 Michigan State House, District 61 Defeated $31,826
Grand Total Raised $132,727


O'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


O'Brien won election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, O'Brien raised a total of $44,855.


O'Brien lost the election for the Michigan House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, O'Brien raised a total of $31,826.


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.[9]

January 2011 - March 2012

Margaret O'Brien received a 71% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[9]



In 2014, O'Brien's endorsements include:

  • Right to Life of Michigan[10]


O'Brien and her husband, Nick, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Larry DeShazor (R)
Michigan House of Representatives District 61
Succeeded by