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 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
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|
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|
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."
O'Brien supports increased use of wind power for Rhode Island. He also states that will work to pass legislation protecting consumers from predatory lenders.
O'Brien was a 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.
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
Gregory Schadone (D)
|Rhode Island House of Representatives - District 54
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