Margaret O’Brien sworn in as state senator for the 20th District

Also announces committee assignments

LANSING, Mich. – State Senator Margaret O’Brien was sworn in as senator of the 20th District on Wednesday during a ceremony at the state Capitol. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young administered the oath of office.

O’Brien was joined in the Senate chamber for the occasion by members of her family, including husband Nick O’Brien, brothers Mike and Keith Wilson, and sister-in-law Tina Wilson. Also joining the senator were state Senator Tonya Schuitmaker, state House Majority Floor Leader Aric Nesbitt, Harold and Zoe Schuitmaker, Melissa Post, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo Fran Denny, Kalamazoo County Treasurer Mary Balkema and Kalamazoo County Deputy Treasurer Greg Vlietstra.

“It’s a privilege to represent the wonderful people of Kalamazoo County as their state senator,” said O’Brien, R-Portage. “I have dedicated my career to serving our community and that work will continue in the state Senate. While Michigan has come a long way in recent years, there is still much to be done to improve our economy and create jobs, as well as holding state government more accountable with taxpayer dollars. I welcome the challenge, and I am excited to get to work.”

O’Brien announced today that in addition to serving as chair of the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs, and Homeland Security Committee, she will also serve as vice chair of the Banking and Financial Services Committee, and as a member of the Health Policy and Insurance committees.

O’Brien was a social worker at Catholic Charities from 1995-2003 and is currently a REALTOR® at RE/MAX Advantage. She was first elected to the state House in 2010, and after serving two terms, she successfully won a close election to the state Senate in November 2014.

To view a high resolution version of the swearing-in ceremony, and for more information about the senator, please visit O’Brien’s website at