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Senator Margaret O’Brien
Photo caption: Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, (far left) and sexual assault survivors attended a bill signing ceremony with Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Tuesday. Calley signed Senate Bills 871 and 872 to extend the criminal and civil statutes of limitation to allow more sexual abuse perpetrators to be prosecuted.
June 12th 2018
Senator Margaret O'Brien (left) welcomed U.S. Air Force veteran Kelly Thomas Casey and his wife, Patricia, to the Senate's 24th Annual Memorial Day Service.
May 24th 2018
State Senator Margaret O'Brien was awarded a 2018 Peter Pettalia Memorial Sunshine Award by the Michigan Press Association on Thursday during the association's annual convention. Pictured are, from left, MPA Executive Director James Tarrant, O'Brien, and Three Rivers Commercial News Publisher/Editor Dirk Milliman.
May 10th 2018
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, (second left) poses for a photo with members of the Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union. O'Brien was honored with a 2018 legislative award by the union on Wednesday during its 53rd Biennial Convention in Bay City.
May 9th 2018
Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, (second from left) and state Representative Jon Hoadley, D-Kalamazoo, (second from right) pose for a photo with representatives from Caring Across Generations. The legislators were given the organization's Care Champion Award for advocacy and legislative work in support of seniors.
April 19th 2018
Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Kalamazoo, (right) receives the Child Abuse and Neglect Council's 2018 Child Advocacy Award from a representative of the council on Friday, April 13 in Kalamazoo.
April 13th 2018
Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Kalamazoo, (front row, third from right) poses with representatives from the Child Abuse and Neglect Council and fellow Child Advocacy Award recipients on Friday, April 13 in Kalamazoo.
April 13th 2018
Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, speaks in support of the Protecting Michigan's Children legislation at the Michigan Senate on March 14, 2018.
March 14th 2018
Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, was joined by Rachael Denhollander as they testified before the Senate Judicial Committee on Feb. 27, 2018 in support of a package of legislation that would combat sexual assault.
February 27th 2018
Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, casts her vote in support of Senate Bill 749, her legislation that would provide additional tax relief to Michigan families by creating a Michigan income tax credit for dependent care.
January 23rd 2018
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, welcomed several constituents to Gov. Rick Snyder's 2018 State of the State address Tuesday night. Pictured from left are Congressman Fred Upton; Kalamazoo County Commissioner Scott McGraw; Robyn Peake; Kalamazoo County Commissioner John Gisler; Sen. O'Brien; Bonnie Wedel of Wedel's Garden Center; Tony Dugal; Allison Ives, who is job shadowing Sen. O'Brien; Sen. O'Brien's son Tyjon O'Brien; state Rep. Beth Griffin, state Rep. Dave Maturen; Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Stephanie Moore; KRESA Superintendent Dave Campbell; and state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker.
January 23rd 2018
Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, testified in front of the Senate Finance Committee on Jan. 16, 2018 in support of her legislation that would provide additional tax relief to Michigan families by creating a Michigan income tax credit for dependent care.
January 17th 2018
Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, testified in front of the Senate Finance Committee on Jan. 16, 2018 in support of her legislation that would provide additional tax relief to Michigan families by creating a Michigan income tax credit for dependent care.
January 17th 2018
Holly Switalski (left), Senior Deputy Fire Chief of the City of Portage John Podgorski (middle left), State Rep. Dave Maturen (middle right) and Sen. O'Brien's Chief of Staff Stephanie Bogema testified before the House Transportation Committee on Jan. 16 in support of Senate Bill 543 to rename a stretch of Interstate 94 after fallen Comstock Fire Chief Ed Switalski.
January 16th 2018
State Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, led a roundtable discussion with several of her legislative colleagues on Dec. 5, 2017 to hear the stories of Rachael Denhollander and Sterling Riethman. The senators joined Denhollander and Riethman to discuss the importance of preventing sexual assault and additional actions that can be taken here in Michigan.
December 6th 2017
Michigan state senators attend a roundtable discussion on Dec. 5, 2017 afternoon led by Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, to hear the stories of Rachael Denhollander and Sterling Riethman. The senators joined Denhollander and Riethman to discuss the importance of preventing sexual assault and additional actions that can be taken here in Michigan.
December 6th 2017
Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, outlines Senate legislation that would create an address confidentiality program in Michigan. Sens. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, (right) and Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, will join O'Brien in sponsoring the legislation to enable victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking to obtain a confidential address to protect themselves from their past offenders.
October 23rd 2017
Fire Marshal Michael Kessler (left) and Captain Kevin Thompson (right) of the Charter Township of Comstock Department of Fire & Rescue testify in support of a bill to name a section of I-94 after fallen Comstock Fire Chief Ed Switalski during the Senate Transportation Committee meeting.
October 12th 2017
Sen. Margaret O'Brien (center-right), R-Portage, welcomed Charter Township of Comstock Department of Fire & Rescue Fire Marshal Michael Kessler, Captain Kevin Thompson and his wife Sarah Thompson, and Holly Switalski to the Michigan Senate. The group attended the Senate Transportation Committee hearing to testify in support of legislation to name a section of I-94 after fallen Comstock Fire Chief Ed Switalski.
October 12th 2017
Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, is joined by Buy Nearby Guy at the Michigan Capitol on Oct. 5, 2017.
October 5th 2017
Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, is joined by Buy Nearby Guy at the Michigan Capitol on Oct. 5, 2017.
October 5th 2017
Sen. Margaret O'Brien (center-right), R-Portage, is joined by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (right) and Sen. David Knezek (left) in welcoming Paul Runnels, Sheila Jeske, Jennifer Johnson and Paul Gobble to the Michigan Senate on Sept. 27, 2017. The guests were survivors of the June 7, 2016 cyclist-pickup collision in Kalamazoo that left five cyclists dead.
September 27th 2017
Paul Gobble (left) and Paul Runnels (right) testify in support of a road safety package during the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on Sept. 27, 2017.
September 27th 2017
Sen. Margaret O'Brien (center-right), R-Portage, is joined by Rep. Maturen (right) and the Kalamazoo Pipe Band at the 23rd Annual Senate Memorial Day Service on May 25.
May 25th 2017
Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, leads the Michigan Senate in the Pledge of Allegiance during the 23rd Annual Senate Memorial Day Service on May 25.
May 25th 2017
Sen. Margaret O'Brien (center right), R-Portage, and Sen. Judy Emmons (center left), R-Sheridan, present a resolution recognizing May as Foster Care Awareness Month to (from left to right) Ronicka Hamilton, MA, director, Seita Scholars Program, Center for Fostering Success, Western Michigan University; Geovany Ulario, WMU, Seita Scholars program; Bri Simmons, WMU, Seita Scholars program; Maggie Grimm, WMU, Seita Scholars program; Karie Ward, MSW, sustainability coordinator, Fostering Success Michigan, Center for Fostering Success, Western Michigan University; Maddy Day, LLMSW, director of outreach and training, Center for Fostering Success, Western Michigan University during Senate session on May 18.
May 18th 2017
Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, (right) listens as Dr. Lori Post testifies before the Judiciary Committee about legislation to criminalize female genital mutilation in the state.
May 2nd 2017
Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, testifies before the Judiciary Committee about legislation to criminalize female genital mutilation in the state. Dr. Lori Post, an associate professor at Yale University School of Medicine and incoming director of the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics at Northwestern University joined O'Brien.
May 2nd 2017
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, (left) speaks during Senate session on Tuesday, March 28. O'Brien was speaking in support of Senate Resolution 35, which marked March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day in Michigan. Listening are members of the Kalamazoo chapter of Children of the American Revolution, Elizabeth and Alice Kraatz, and Sandra and John Santos.
March 29th 2017
State Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, (center right) joined Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (seated), Sen. Rebekah Warren (center left), representatives from the Autism Alliance of Michigan, Michigan Association of Health Plans, students and faculty from Western Michigan University, and legislative staff, for a ceremonial signing of Senate Bills 1015 and 1016 on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017.
February 7th 2017
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, welcomed several constituents to Gov. Rick Snyder's 2017 State of the State address Tuesday night. Pictured from left are Keith Crowell, Senator O'Brien, Pastor Michael Brown, Heather Isch, Dave Campbell, Crystal Grantham, Luke Miller, state Rep. Brandt Iden, and Kalamazoo College President Jorge Gonzalez.
January 17th 2017
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, presents a Certificate of Achievement to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) during its 2016 Summit on Ending Homelessness in Kalamazoo on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016.
September 22nd 2016
Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on legislation that strengthens penalties on motorists who injure or kill bicyclists.
September 20th 2016
Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, welcomed the family of Air Force Master Sgt. Gregory Kuhse, who was killed Oct. 12, 2015 in Kabul, Afghanistan, to the Senate's 22nd Annual Memorial Day service. Kuhse was a Kalamazoo native and assigned to the 3rd Manpower Requirements Squadron at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.
May 26th 2016
Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, welcomed Pastor Dave Beetham, of the Kalamazoo Covenant Church, to the Senate's 22nd Annual Memorial Day service. Beetham delivered the invocation before the service.
May 26th 2016
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, welcomed the Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy to the Senate during its annual Day at the Capitol. O'Brien and colleague, Senator Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, honored the 119 cadets, cadre staff and Academy Director LTC Jefferey R. Connell with a special tribute during Wednesday's special presentation.
April 20th 2016
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, is pictured with cadets from the Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy on the Michigan Capitol steps during the academy's annual Day at the Capitol. O'Brien and colleague, Senator Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, honored the 119 cadets, cadre staff and Academy Director LTC Jefferey R. Connell with a special tribute during Senate session Wednesday.
April 20th 2016
Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, Governor Rick Snyder, and representatives from AARP Michigan and the Michigan Hospital Association at the CARE Act bill signing Wednesday, April 13. The new law supports in-home caregivers when providing assistance for loved ones after they leave the hospital.
April 13th 2016
Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, and Governor Rick Snyder at the CARE Act bill signing Wednesday, April 13. The new law supports in-home caregivers when providing assistance for loved ones after they leave the hospital.
April 13th 2016
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, speaks at a press conference on Tues., March 1, 2016, to help introduce legislation that would restrict the use of restraint and seclusion practices in all schools, except for in emergency situations. Also pictured are, from left, Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council Executive Director Vendella Collins, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, and Sen. Rick Jones.
March 1st 2016
Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, honors the victims of the recent fatal shootings in Kalamazoo County, as Southwest Michigan colleagues, from left, Senators Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Mattawan; Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, and John Proos, R-St. Joseph, look on.
February 23rd 2016
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, welcomed Rabbi Matthew Zerwekh of the Temple B'nai Israel, in Kalamazoo, to the state Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 to deliver the invocation before the day's session. Pictured here are O'Brien, left, and Rabbi Zerwekh.
February 2nd 2016
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, speaks during a Michigan Dept. of Civil Rights press conference Wednesday on new laws ensuring disabled persons with service animals aren't refused entry to businesses, schools, hospitals and other public areas in Michigan. Also pictured are, from left: Eric Calley and his service dog, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Sen. David Knezek, and Rep. Tom Barrett.
January 14th 2016
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, and from right, Sens. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba; and Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, listen as Dr. Tim Gates, of Michigan State University, presents findings of a road safety audit that was conducted on the stretch of Interstate 94 that runs between the Michigan-Indiana border and the city of Jackson following the historic 193-vehicle pileup that occurred January 9. Gates worked with officials from the Michigan Department of Transportation and Michigan State Police to compile the audit that was presented to lawmakers Monday, Nov. 30.
November 30th 2015
Senator Margaret O'Brien joined Governor Rick Snyder and, from left, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, Senator David Knezek, Representative Tom Barrett, and Representative David Rutledge for the signing of legislation to protect veterans who use service dogs.
October 20th 2015
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, introduces Michigan legislators who are military veterans during the "Michigan Says Thanks" event honoring veterans of the Vietnam War era at the Capitol.
October 8th 2015
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, and Bill McCarty, a volunteer with AARP Michigan who is a resident of the 20th Senate District, today testified in support of the CARE Act before the Senate Health Policy Committee.
September 30th 2015
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, and Bill McCarty, a volunteer with AARP Michigan who is a resident of the 20th Senate District, today testified in support of the CARE Act before the Senate Health Policy Committee.
September 30th 2015
Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, speaks at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Western Michigan University Autism Center of Excellence's new WECAN evaluation center as, from left, WMU President John Dunn, WMU Department of Psychology Chair Dr. Stephanie Peterson, and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley listen.
September 11th 2015
Senator Margaret O'Brien (center right), R-Portage, joined Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (center), Western Michigan University President John M. Dunn (second from left) and other university representatives at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the WMU Autism Center of Excellence's new evaluation center.
September 11th 2015
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, was named the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) 2015 Legislator of the Year on Thursday during the group's Annual Meeting and Networking Luncheon in Lansing. O'Brien was recognized for her support of issues affecting small businesses and was presented the award by SBAM President and CEO Rob Fowler.
June 18th 2015
Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, welcomed the Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy, including 104 cadets and their families, and Academy Director Lt. Jeff Connell and staff, to the state Senate today during the group's annual Day at the Capitol.
June 16th 2015
Senator Margaret O'Brien (center), R-Portage, welcomed U.S. Navy and Vietnam War veteran, T.W. Lane, and his wife, Susan, to the Senate for its 21st annual Memorial Day service. Lane currently serves as director of Portage-based Lest We Forget our Vets Inc.
May 21st 2015
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, celebrates with 4-year-old Calise Manning, of Kalamazoo, after presenting her with the Michigan Chapter of the National Emergency Number Association's 2015 Child Hero award during the group's annual 9-1-1 Conference and Exhibit Show.
May 18th 2015
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, today presented 4-year-old Calise Manning, of Kalamazoo, with the Michigan Chapter of the National Emergency Number Association's 2015 Child Hero award during the group's annual 9-1-1 Conference and Exhibit Show. O'Brien, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, and other conference attendees posed for a photo with Manning's family after the presentation.
May 18th 2015
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, today presented 4-year-old Calise Manning, of Kalamazoo, with the Michigan Chapter of the National Emergency Number Association's 2015 Child Hero award during the group's annual 9-1-1 Conference and Exhibit Show. O'Brien, Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, and other conference attendees posed for a photo with Manning's family after the presentation.
May 18th 2015
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, speaks with an attendee at the 2015 Senior and Veterans Expo in Mattawan.
May 12th 2015
State Senator Margaret O'Brien welcomed Pastor Beth Jones, of the Valley Family Church, in Portage, to the Senate chamber on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Jones delivered the invocation before Senate session.
March 11th 2015
State Senator Margaret O'Brien welcomed Pastor Beth Jones, of the Valley Family Church, in Portage, to the Senate chamber on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Jones delivered the invocation before Senate session.
March 11th 2015
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, who chairs the Senate Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee, welcomed Veterans of Foreign Wars State Adjutant William Coats, Sr. Vice Commander Paul McIvor and Commander Steve Meredith; Marine Corps League Commandant Norm Pfaff and Director Bill Traylor; and Disabled American Veterans State Executive Secretary Robert Gaillard to the Feb. 26, 2015 committee meeting.
February 26th 2015
Senators Margaret O'Brien, Tonya Schuitmaker, Rebekah Warren and Judy Emmons show their support for the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement. Go Red for Women is a national movement, created by women, for women, that is dedicated to increasing awareness about heart disease, which is the number one killer of women in the U.S.
January 29th 2015
Senators Margaret O'Brien, Tonya Schuitmaker, Rebekah Warren and Judy Emmons show their support for the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement. Go Red for Women is a national movement, created by women, for women, that is dedicated to increasing awareness about heart disease, which is the number one killer of women in the U.S.
January 29th 2015
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, is sworn in as senator of the 20th District by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Young, as family and friends look on.
January 14th 2015