Rep. O'Brien is sworn in as State Representative
Rep. O'Brien is sworn in as State Representative
 Rep. O'Brien surrounded by family after taking oath of office
Rep. O'Brien surrounded by family after taking oath of office
 Rep. O'Brien during House session
Rep. O'Brien during House session
 

For Representative Michael O’Brien, public service means more than a title; it is a way of life.  O’Brien’s experience in community leadership, from county and city governments to working with schools and law enforcement, gives him a deep understanding of the needs of the people living and working in the 64th District. He brings his decades-long experience with him to Columbus and looks forward to fighting for the hardworking people in the 64th District.

 
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04.13.17 - As Ohio Economy Stumbles GOP Promises Some $1 Billion In New Budget Cuts Won't Undercut Statewide Opioid Emergency, O'Brien Disagrees

 

Gov. Kasich and GOP lawmakers today announced plans to cut the state budget by some $1 billion, but argued the proposed cuts won’t undercut efforts to fight the statewide opioid overdose emergency that gives Ohio the distinction as national leader in deaths from opioid overdoses.

“The idea that one-billion dollars in deep cuts to state programs and services won’t impact the statewide opioid overdose emergency is foolhardy, if not outright untrue,” said state Rep. Michael O’Brien (D-Warren). “The fact is – we haven’t fully funded anti-opioid efforts to date, and the only known strategy to stem the rising tide of people dying from drug overdoses in our state is the governor’s “Start Talking” campaign. When schools don’t have money and communities are forced to lay off more first responders, there won’t be anyone left to have those conversations in our community. There’s no fat to cut – we’re deep in the muscle at this point.”

 
 

02.22.17 - Area Lawmakers, County Commissioners Team Up To Fight State Budget Cuts

 

State Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald) and Mike O’Brien (D-Warren) this morning hosted all three Mahoning County commissioners for a meeting with House Finance Committee Chairman Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton). 

Commissioners David C. Ditzler, Carol Rimedio-Righetti and Anthony Traficanti traveled to Columbus to voice their concerns regarding the negative local impact of Gov. John Kasich’s proposed fix to the Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) tax formula.  

“I’m pleased our delegation’s meeting request to the budget chairmen was granted, and that our commissioners had the opportunity to express their concerns about local revenue loss,” said Boccieri. “The chairmen demonstrated that the legislature is still open to listening to local officials who are on the frontlines and can provide essential perspectives on what will keep our local communities strong and transportation systems running.” 

 
 

01.31.17 - O'Brien Tapped To Serve As Lead Energy & Natural Resources Committee Member For House Dems

 

State Rep. Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) today announced he will serve as the top Democratic member of the Ohio House Energy and Natural Resources Committee for the new legislative session.  

“I am honored to be named ranking member on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee,” said O’Brien. “Advances in technology have spurred rapid growth in the energy industry in recent years, especially in Eastern Ohio. As state representative, I am committed to working to connect our working men and women with the new economic opportunities in the natural gas and advanced energy industries, while also being mindful of the need to preserve our natural resources for the benefit of our children and grandchildren.” 

 
 

12.08.16 - O'Brien: Ohio Finally Joins Majority Of States To Extend Cancer Protection To Firefighters

 

House Democratic lawmakers today heralded the passage of Senate Bill 27, legislation to ensure firefighters disabled by cancer as a result of their hazardous line of work are eligible for benefits from the workers’ compensation fund and the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund.

“Firefighters go to work every day knowing there’s a possibility that they could be in an accident that could change their life and affect their families forever. However, firefighters must also grapple with the heightened risk of developing cancer on top of their already dangerous work conditions,” said Rep. Mike O’Brien (D-Warren). “This legislation is the least that we can do for these courageous men and women who sacrifice their life and good health for the safety and wellbeing of us all.”

Research conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has found that firefighters show higher rates of certain types of cancer than the general U.S. population as a result of occupational exposure. The study also found that the chance of a lunch cancer diagnosis or death for a firefighter increases with the amount of time spent at fires, while the chance of leukemia death increases with the number of fire runs.   

 
 
 
Representative Michael J. O'Brien
District 64
77 S. High St
10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-5358
Fax      (614) 719-3964
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Hometown : Warren
Party : Democrat
Current Term : Expires December 2016 / Eligible to run for another term