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  |Name = Margaret O'Brien
 
  |Name = Margaret O'Brien
 
  |Profile picture = Margaret O'Brien.jpg
 
  |Profile picture = Margaret O'Brien.jpg
  |Position = Michigan House of Representatives District 61
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  |Position = Michigan House of Representatives, District 61
 
  |Status = Incumbent
 
  |Status = Incumbent
  |Tenure = January 1, 2011-Present
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  |Tenure = January 1, 2011 - present
 
  |Term ends = [[Term-end dates of legislators elected on November 6, 2012|January 1, 2015]]
 
  |Term ends = [[Term-end dates of legislators elected on November 6, 2012|January 1, 2015]]
 
  |Assumed office = 2011
 
  |Assumed office = 2011
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  |Leadership 5 =  
 
  |Leadership 5 =  
 
  |Years leadership 5 =  
 
  |Years leadership 5 =  
  |Base salary = $71,865/year  
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  |Base salary = $71,685/year  
 
  |Per diem = $10,800 yearly expense allowance
 
  |Per diem = $10,800 yearly expense allowance
 
  |Pension  =  
 
  |Pension  =  
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  |Citations =  
 
  |Citations =  
 
  |Birthday = November 20, 1973
 
  |Birthday = November 20, 1973
  |Place of birth = Kalamazoo, MI
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  |Place of birth = Kalamazoo, Michigan
  |Profession = Real Estate Agent
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  |Profession = Real estate agent
 
  |Religion = Protestant
 
  |Religion = Protestant
  |Office website = http://www.gophouse.com/welcome.asp?District=061
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  |Office website = http://repobrien.gophouse.org/
 
  |Campaign website = http://www.margaretobrien.com/index.htm
 
  |Campaign website = http://www.margaretobrien.com/index.htm
 
  |Personal website =  
 
  |Personal website =  
}}{{tnr}}'''Margaret O'Brien''' (b. November 20, 1973) is a [[Republican Party|Republican]] member of the [[Michigan House of Representatives]], representing District 61 since January 1, 2011.  O'Brien currently serves as [[State House Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore|Associate Speaker Pro Tempore]].
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}}{{tnr}}'''Margaret O'Brien''' (b. November 20, 1973) is a [[Republican Party|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 [[State House Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore|Associate Speaker Pro Tempore]].
  
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.
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==Biography==
 
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O'Brien graduated from Michigan State University. Her professional experience includes working as a real estate agent for REMAX Advantage Realty and a volunteer for Catholic Family Services.
O'Brien graduated from Michigan State University.
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==Issues==
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===Campaign Themes===
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O'Brien's website highlights the following campaign themes:<ref name=website>[http://www.margaretobrien.com/index.htm "margaretobrien," Official Campaign Website]</ref>
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'''Jobs'''
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*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."
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'''Tax Reform'''
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*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."
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'''Fiscal Responsibility'''
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*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"
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'''Education'''
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*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."
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'''Energy'''
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*Excerpt:"We must continue to provide opportunities for all sources of energy to compete."
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==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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===2011-2012===
 
===2011-2012===
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, O'Brien served on these committees:
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In the 2011-2012 legislative session, O'Brien served on the following committees:
  
 
{{Committee Assignments
 
{{Committee Assignments
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==Issues==
 
==Issues==
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===Campaign themes===
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====2012====
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O'Brien's website highlighted the following campaign themes:<ref name=website>[http://www.margaretobrien.com/index.htm "margaretobrien," Official Campaign Website]</ref>
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'''Jobs'''
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*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'''
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*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'''
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*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"
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'''Education'''
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*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."
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'''Energy'''
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*Excerpt: "We must continue to provide opportunities for all sources of energy to compete."
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===Presidential preference===
 
===Presidential preference===
 
{{presendorsetest|2012|Mitt Romney}}<ref>[http://www.mittromney.com/news/press/2011/09/mitt-romney-announces-support-michigan-speaker-house-jase-bolger-and-additional-m ''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]</ref>
 
{{presendorsetest|2012|Mitt Romney}}<ref>[http://www.mittromney.com/news/press/2011/09/mitt-romney-announces-support-michigan-speaker-house-jase-bolger-and-additional-m ''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]</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012]]''
  
O'Brien won election in the [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012 election]] for [[Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012|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.<ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/MI_State_House_0807.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''Associated Press'' "Michigan - Summary Vote Results," Accessed August 7, 2012]</ref>
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O'Brien won election in the [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012 election]] for [[Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012|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.<ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/MI_State_House_0807.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''Associated Press'' "Michigan - Summary Vote Results," Accessed August 7, 2012]</ref>
  
 
{{Election box 2012
 
{{Election box 2012
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|party2 = Democratic
 
|party2 = Democratic
 
|party3 =  
 
|party3 =  
|winner1 = Michael Martin
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|winner1 = Margaret O'Brien
 
|Inc1 = Y
 
|Inc1 = Y
|candidate2 = Margaret O'Brien
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|candidate2 = Michael Martin
 
|candidate3 =  
 
|candidate3 =  
 
|votes1 = 27726
 
|votes1 = 27726
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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{{Comprehensive donor history
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|Name=O'Brien
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|Full name=Margaret O'Brien
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|year=2008
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|Editdate=June 11, 2013
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|link=<ref>[http://followthemoney.org/database/uniquecandidate.phtml?uc=66770 ''Follow the Money'', "Obrien, Margaret E." Retrieved June 11, 2013.]</ref>
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|party=Republican
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|totalraised2012=56046
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|result2012=Won
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|office2012=[[Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012|Michigan State House, District 61]]
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|totalraised2010=44855
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|result2010=Won
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|office2010=[[Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010|Michigan State House, District 61]]
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|totalraised2008=31826
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|result2008=Lost
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|office2008=[[Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2008|Michigan State House, District 61]]
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}}
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===2012===
 
===2012===
{{State leg donor}}
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{{SLP donor box 2012
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|name = O'Brien
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|full Name = Margaret O'Brien
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=139399
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|office= Michigan House of Representatives
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|new = no
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 56046
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|org1 = Michigan Republican Party
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|org2 = Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association
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|org3 = Michigan Association Of Realtors
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|org4 = Michigan Physical Therapy Association
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|org5 = Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan
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|orgamount1 = 3582
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|orgamount2 = 2464
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|orgamount3 = 2384
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|orgamount4 = 2100
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|orgamount5 = 2000
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|}}
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===2010===
 
===2010===
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{{SLP donor box 2010
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|name = O'Brien
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|full Name = Margaret O'Brien
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=125909
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|office= Michigan House of Representatives
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|new = yes
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 44855
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|org1 = O'Brien, Margaret
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|org2 = Michigan Association Of Realtors
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|org3 = Michigan Chamber of Commerce
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|org4 = Comm-PAC
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|org5 = Bolger Restore Michigan Fund
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|orgamount1 = 8000
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|orgamount2 = 2500
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|orgamount3 = 1000
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|orgamount4 = 1000
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|orgamount5 = 1000
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|}}
  
In 2010, O'Brien raised $44,855 in contributions. <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=MI&y=2010&f=H&so=O#sorttable 2010 contributions]</ref> 
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===2008===
 
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{{SLP donor box 2008
Her two largest contributors were:
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|name = O'Brien
 
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|full Name = Margaret O'Brien
{{legislative donor box}}
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=106810
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|office= Michigan House of Representatives
| Obrien, Margaret
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|new = lost
| Align="Right" | $8,000
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 31826
| Michigan Association Of Realtors
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|org1 = O'Brien, Margaret
| Align="Right" | $2,500
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|org2 = Michigan Association of Realtors
|}
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|org3 = Turf Builders PAC
 
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|org4 = Wilson, Mike
==Recent news==
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|org5 = Michigan Townships Association
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|orgamount1 = 10452
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|orgamount2 = 5000
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|orgamount3 = 1500
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|orgamount4 = 500
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|orgamount5 = 500
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|}}
  
 
==Scorecards==
 
==Scorecards==
 
===Tea Party Scorecard===
 
===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.<ref name="Tea3">[http://www.michiganvotes.org/VotingIndex.aspx?ID=736 ''Michigan Votes,'' "Tea Party Scorecard Jan 2011-Mar 2012," accessed June 25, 2012]</ref>
 
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.<ref name="Tea3">[http://www.michiganvotes.org/VotingIndex.aspx?ID=736 ''Michigan Votes,'' "Tea Party Scorecard Jan 2011-Mar 2012," accessed June 25, 2012]</ref>
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====January 2011 - March 2012====
 
====January 2011 - March 2012====
 
'''Margaret O'Brien''' received a '''71%''' rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.<ref name="Tea3"/>
 
'''Margaret O'Brien''' received a '''71%''' rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.<ref name="Tea3"/>
  
 
==Personal==
 
==Personal==
O'Brien and her husband Nick have two children.
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O'Brien and her husband, Nick, have two children.
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==Recent news==
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This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term '''Margaret + O'Brien + Michigan + Legislature'''
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:''All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.''
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{{RSS|feed=http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&gl=us&q=Margaret+O'Brien+Michigan+Legislature&um=1&ie=UTF-8&output=rss|template=slpfeed|max=10|title=Margaret O'Brien News Feed}}
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
{{submit a leg link}}
 
{{submit a leg link}}
*[http://www.gophouse.com/welcome.asp?District=061 House website]
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*[http://repobrien.gophouse.org/ Office website]
 
*[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=76335 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=76335 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=76335 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=76335 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
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{{Michigan House of Representatives}}
 
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[[Category:Current member, Michigan House of Representatives]]
 
[[Category:Current member, Michigan House of Representatives]]
 
[[Category:Republican Party]]
 
[[Category:Republican Party]]

Revision as of 19:01, 2 November 2013

Margaret O'Brien
Margaret O'Brien.jpg
Michigan House of Representatives, District 61
Incumbent
In office
January 1, 2011 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
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
Education
Bachelor'sJames Madison College at Michigan State University, 1996
Personal
BirthdayNovember 20, 1973
Place of birthKalamazoo, Michigan
ProfessionReal estate agent
ReligionProtestant
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
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.

Biography

O'Brien graduated from Michigan State University. Her professional experience includes working as a real estate agent for REMAX Advantage Realty and a volunteer for Catholic Family Services.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Insurance
Oversight
Tax Policy, Vice-chair
Transportation and Infrastructure

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, O'Brien served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

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

Jobs

  • 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"

Education

  • 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."

Energy

  • Excerpt: "We must continue to provide opportunities for all sources of energy to compete."

Presidential preference

2012

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]

Elections

2012

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.[3]

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

2010

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.

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.[4]

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

2012

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

2010

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

2008

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.

Scorecards

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.[5]

January 2011 - March 2012

Margaret O'Brien received a 71% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[5]

Personal

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

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term Margaret + O'Brien + Michigan + Legislature

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Larry DeShazor (R)
Michigan House of Representatives District 61
2011–present
Succeeded by
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