|Michigan House of Representatives District 61|
|January 1, 2011-Present|
|January 1, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Per diem||$10,800 yearly expense allowance|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||3 terms|
|Bachelor's||James Madison College at Michigan State University, 1996|
|Birthday||November 20, 1973|
|Place of birth||Kalamazoo, MI|
|Profession||Real Estate Agent|
O'Brien is a volunteer for Catholic Family Services and has served as such since her graduation from college. She is also a real estate agent for REMAX Advantage Realty.
O'Brien graduated from Michigan State University.
O'Brien's website highlights the following campaign themes:
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
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 these committees:
|Michigan Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Families and Children's Services|
|• Tax Policy|
O'Brien won election in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 61. He was unopposed in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated Michael Martin (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 61, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Michael Martin Incumbent||58.2%||27,726|
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 61 General election (2010)|
|Margaret O'Brien (R)'||21,919|
|Thomas Batten (D)||13,671|
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.
|Margaret O'Brien's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Michigan State House, District 61||$56,046|
|2010||Michigan State House, District 61||$44,855|
|2008||Michigan State House, District 61||$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.
|Michigan House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Margaret O'Brien's campaign in 2010|
|Michigan Association Of Realtors||$2,500|
|Michigan Chamber of Commerce||$1,000|
|Bolger Restore Michigan Fund||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$44,855|
|Source:Follow the Money|
O'Brien lost the election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, O'Brien raised a total of $31,826.
|Michigan House of Representatives 2008 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Margaret O'Brien's campaign in 2008|
|Michigan Association of Realtors||$5,000|
|Turf Builders PAC||$1,500|
|Michigan Townships Association||$500|
|Total Raised in 2008||$31,826|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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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.
January 2011 - March 2012
Margaret O'Brien received a 71% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.
O'Brien and her husband Nick have two children.
- House website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- ↑ "margaretobrien," Official Campaign Website
- ↑ Mitt Romney Campaign Website "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Michigan Speaker of The House Jase Bolger and Additional Members of The Michigan Legislature," September 19, 2011
- ↑ Associated Press "Michigan - Summary Vote Results," Accessed August 7, 2012
- ↑ Follow the Money, "Obrien, Margaret E." Retrieved June 11, 2013.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Michigan Votes, "Tea Party Scorecard Jan 2011-Mar 2012," accessed June 25, 2012
Larry DeShazor (R)
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