Senator O’Brien moves to new Kalamazoo district office, ready to help county residents

Senator Margaret O'Brien

Senator Margaret O’Brien

LANSING, Mich. — State Senator Margaret O’Brien announced on Friday that she is moving to a new district office in downtown Kalamazoo and will continue providing assistance to residents of the 20th Senate District.

The new district office is located inside the Comerica Building at 151 S. Rose St., Suite 104 in Kalamazoo. The district office phone number, 269-226-0124, will remain the same, but constituents are encouraged to call O’Brien’s toll-free number at 855-347-8020 during the transition to the new office, which is expected to be complete by mid-February.

“I am excited to stay in downtown Kalamazoo. I will still meet with constituents in all areas of the district,” said O’Brien, R-Portage. “My staff and I look forward to sharing this space with constituents and encourage them to stop in for assistance or to share their thoughts or ideas on issues the state is facing.”

Residents may also contact the senator via email at SenMOBrien@senate.michigan.gov.

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Senator O’Brien reacts to State of the State address

Senator Margaret O'Brien

Senator Margaret O’Brien

LANSING, Mich. — State Senator Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, issued the following statement Tuesday after Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his 2016 State of the State address:

“I appreciate the opportunity to attend the governor’s State of the State address and hear about his priorities for the upcoming year. As the governor mentioned, the city of Flint’s ongoing water crisis is something that must be addressed as soon as possible, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to do what we can to help resolve both the underlying infrastructure needs as well as the health concerns facing the city’s residents.

“The governor also mentioned our state’s improving economy and the work that has been done over the past five years to help bring hundreds of thousands of new private sector jobs back to our state. Michigan’s turnaround has been remarkable and we must keep our focus on growing the economy.

“Education, too, remains a top priority. To meet the demands of a 21st century economy we must continue to expand and improve educational opportunities for our state’s students, regardless of where they live. Each and every student deserves a quality education that prepares them for a bright future.

“I look forward to the necessary work that must be done to continue Michigan’s positive momentum in 2016.”

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O’Brien to serve on new bipartisan Disabilities Awareness Caucus

Lt. Gov. praises legislative efforts to address concerns

Senator Margaret O'Brien

Senator Margaret O’Brien

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Rick Jones and State Rep. Frank Liberati recently announced the formation of the Disabilities Awareness Caucus, a bipartisan, bicameral effort that will focus its attention on policy issues facing those with a disability.

Senator Margaret O’Brien is among those who will serve on the caucus.

“The concerns of those with special needs have no partisan lines. It takes all of us to have a Michigan that ensures opportunities for all,” said O’Brien, R-Portage. “During my time as a social worker and as an elected official, I have seen firsthand the many ways that people with special needs improve and brighten our state. I am honored to serve as a member of the Disabilities Awareness Caucus, and I look forward to what we can achieve together.”

Jones concurred.

“I serve as a board member of the Special Olympics Michigan. Many concerns of special needs children and adults have been brought to my attention over the years, and I hope to work on some of these concerns with this caucus,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “Senator O’Brien has been a leader in so many areas, including services for those with autism. She was an obvious partner for this new caucus.”

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is a prominent advocate of those with special needs.

“People with disabilities deserve a chance to live self-determined, independent lives but are often judged based on what they can’t do, instead of what they can,” Calley said.

Also named to the effort: Sen. Curtis Hertel, D-Meridian Township; Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Handy Township; and Rep. Christine Greig, D-Farmington Hills.

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