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Representative William W. O’Brien

Deputy Majority Leader

Second Vice-Chairman, House Committee on Rules

Member, House Environment and Natural Resources Committee

Member, House Committee on Finance

Member, House Finance Subcommitee on Education

Member, House Finance Subcommittee on Environment/Transportation


William W. O’Brien (D) has served the residents of North Providence in District 54 since first being elected in November 2012. He was named a Deputy Majority Leader in April 2014. He serves as the second vice-chairman of the House Committee on Rules and is a member of the House Committee on Finance and the House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.

Representative O’Brien continued his crusade to protect animals in Rhode Island during the 2016 legislative session. He introduced successful legislation that increases the penalties for cruelty to animals and the malicious injury or killing of animals. He also sponsored successful legislation that raises the level of care required for animals being offered for sale and in facilities holding stray animals. Representative O’Brien also had legislation become law that adds dyslexia-targeted assistance as a required aspect of the literacy program for students in the elementary grade level.

In the 2015 session, Representative O’Brien sponsored legislation that adds dyslexia-targeted assistance as a required aspect of the literacy program for students at the elementary grade level. He also sponsored legislation that would create a nine-member commission to study and assess the need for technology funding in schools and legislation that would increase the penalty for a malicious injury or the killing of an animal from 2 to 5 years.

Legislation he sponsored during the 2014 session, and now law, establishes a new process for teacher evaluations in Rhode Island. The law requires an assessment once every three years, rather than every year, for teachers who are rated highly effective upon their first assessment, and once every two years, rather than annually, for teachers rated effective.

Born on July 27, 1969, he is a 1987 graduate with honors from North Providence High School and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Rhode Island College in 1991. He later studied at Providence College, the University of Rhode Island and Florida International University.

Representative O’Brien is an attendance officer in the Providence public school system. He served in the Peace Corps in South Africa from 1998 to 2000 and was a North Providence Jets youth football coach for 12 years. He is engaged to Jacqueline Celeste.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
25 Oak Grove Blvd.
North Providence, RI 02911
(401) 440-4063