Rep. Mike O'Brien's Biography
Representative Mike O'Brien represents the 175th Legislative District, which runs from the lower Northeast to South Philadelphia through the River Wards of Central Philadelphia. He was first elected to serve as state representative in 2006.
Mike lives in Fishtown with his wife Rita, a Philadelphia schoolteacher. They have two adult children, Bridget and Michael.
Mike is a leading advocate for women's health and working family issues. He has fought for funding in the state budget for obstetric and neonatal services, breast and cervical cancer screening, maternal and child health and child care assistance, among others.
He is a strong proponent of public education, and has fought for state support for funding full-day kindergarten, smaller class sizes, tutoring, pre-k learning and other programs that have been proven to help kids succeed. He continues to be at the forefront of making sure Pennsylvania’s gaming industry upholds its promise to taxpayers and those neighborhoods and residents directly impacted by gaming casinos.
Since first taking office Mike has sounded the alarm on the state's transportation funding crisis. He continues to work on a comprehensive plan to fix roads, bridges and mass transit systems, with particular emphasis on SEPTA.
Mike also has concerned his legislative efforts in environmental issues, drafting legislation to address non-indigenous nuisance species in the Delaware, Schyukill and other rivers and ensuring clean, potable water. He is a leading voice in holding the state's Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling industry accountable for the environmental effects of drilling and clean drinking water; and ensuring the industry is paying its fair share of taxes.
Mike serves as Democratic Vice Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, which is tasked with developing Pennsylvania's annual General Fund budget and examining budget proposals line-by-line, reviewing all current and potential sources of revenue for the state and confirming the fiscal impact of all legislation. He also serves on the House Ethics, Rules, Education, Health, Consumer Affairs, State Government and Policy committees.