Biography of State Representative Mike O'Brien

First elected to the General Assembly in 2006, Pennsylvania State 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.

Mike lives in Fishtown with his wife Rita, a Philadelphia school teacher. They have two children, Bridget, who is working toward her Ph.D. at Notre Dame, and Michael, a research scientist at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory.

Mike is a fierce proponent of public education, fighting for a fair funding formula for our schools, full-day kindergarten, smaller class sizes, pre-k learning and other programs that we know will help our kids succeed. As Chair of the Subcommittee on Higher Education, Mike is leading the effort to address the issue of crushing student loan debt faced by so many of our young adults.

Since taking office, Mike has been a leading advocate for women's health issues, LGBT equality, and responsible government.

As Vice-Chair of the State Govenment Committee, Mike is focused on making state government more transparent, passing real campaign finance reform, and creating a reapportionment process that produces a legislative body that represents all of us--not just the special interests.

In his short time in Harrisburg Mike has been recognized as a coalition builder and for his ability to "get stuff done," resulting in his appointment to leadership as Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee. Mike is relentless in his work for the people of the 175th District and the City of Philadelphia, having brought home millions of dollars in funding for health care, the arts, education and seniors.

Mike also serves on the Consumer Affairs Committee, the Education Committee, the Health Committee, the Policy Committee, and the Select Committee on Ethics.

Prior to his election to the Pennsylvania State Legislature, Mike served as Chief of Staff in the 175th District for 12 years. Before entering government service he was Director of Operations for a major meat house in Philadelphia.

For more information on Representative Mike O'Brien and his work in Harrisburg, check out his legislative website at