Meet State Senator Sean O'Brien

Representing Ashtabula, Trumbull & part of Geauga

Currently representing the Ohioans of the 32nd State Senate District, Sean O'Brien is proud to serve the residents of Ashtabula, Trumbull & Geauga counties.


Sean's career has been focused on helping to improve the quality of life for those for the residents of his district. Prior to serving as State Senator, he was the State Representative for the 63rd House District. Sean also spent twelve years as a prosecutor for Trumbull County. As a Trumbull County prosecutor, Sean was the Chief Criminal Prosecutor for the 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, Sean founded the Trumbull County Community Foundation which has donated 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.


Senator Sean 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 the Ranking Member on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee and a member on the Agriculture & Rural Development and Public Utilities 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 recently received the 2015 Chairwoman's Political Achievement Award from the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber for his outstanding accomplishments acheived- demonstrating his vision, innovation and commitment to excellence. He was also 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.

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