+ − Contact Information
Phone: (614) 466-7182
1 Capitol Square, Ground Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
+ − Biography
State Representative Sean J. O'Brien (D-Bazetta) is currently serving his second term at the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the 63rd House District which encompasses the Southeastern portion of Trumbull County.
Rep. O'Brien has built his professional career around helping to improve the quality of life for those in his home county. Prior to serving the 63rd House District, the representative was an assistant Trumbull County prosecutor, a position he held for over twelve years. In this position, he was the Chief Criminal Prosecutor for Eastern and Central District Courts, a member of the Domestic Violence and O.V.I. Task Forces, and prosecuted over 100 domestic violence cases.
Also a community leader and activist, he founded the Trumbull County Community Foundation, which gave out over $50,000 to local charities in its first year, and has served as its past president. The efforts of this foundation have raised thousands of dollars for seniors, children, and those in need, as well as funding for economic development.
Rep. O'Brien uses his free time to serve as a community leader on the boards of Someplace Safe, which works to combat domestic violence in Trumbull County and the surrounding areas; Inspiring Minds, an organization which provides young people with “the opportunities and motivation to overcome the obstacles that stand between them and personal success”; as well as the Youngstown Air Base Council.
Additionally, he has proven himself to be a strong advocate for children through his work as guardian ad litem for the children of Trumbull County, and has also been a lecturer for Someplace Safe, local police departments, teen intervention programs, and the Ohio State Patrol.
Rep. O’Brien’s priorities, as well as the concerns of the communities in his district, are reflected in his committee assignments at the Ohio House of Representatives, where he serves as a member on the Agriculture and Natural Resources, Public Utilities, and Insurance Committees.
In addition to his committee responsibilities, Rep. O'Brien fulfills several appointments to statewide committees and councils. He was appointed by Ohio House leadership members to serve on the Joint Committee on Bingo and Skill-based Gaming, the Ohio Rail Development Commission, Ohio Public Utilities Commission’s Power Siting Board, and the Law Enforcement Perspectives on the Drug Epidemic and Its Impact on Families Study and the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committees.
Rep. O’Brien was recently recognized as the 2014 Public Official of the Year by Clean Fuels Ohio for his work and support of state legislation to provide incentives for the use of compressed natural gas in cars and trucks on Ohio roads.
Representative O’Brien holds a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of Akron. He and his wife, Maria, live in Bazetta Township and have two daughters.