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Representative William W. O’Brien

Vice Chairman, House Corporations Committee

Member, House Oversight Committee

Member, House Environment and Natural Resources Committee

Member, House Rules Committee

William W. O’Brien (D) has served the residents of North Providence in District 54 since his election in November 2012. He was named a Deputy Majority Leader in April 2014. He is the vice chairman of the House Corporations Committee and serves as a member of the House Oversight Committee, the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee, and the House Rules Committee.

In the 2015 session, Representative O’Brien sponsored legislation, approved by the House of Representatives, 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 commission to study and assess the need for technology funding in schools, and he introduced a bill 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 of 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 a math teacher at Hope High School in Providence. 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.

626 Smithfield Road
North Providence, RI 02904
(401) 440-4063