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Senator Margaret O’Brien
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