District towns: New Britain, Newington
Election history: O’Brien was first elected in 2002, winning an open seat that had been held by David Pudlin, the House majority leader. He was cross-endorsed in 2008 by the Working Families Party.
2008 general election
|Timothy O’Brien (D)
|Timothy O’Brien (WF)
|Alphonse Wright (R)
|Ellen Pappalardo (*CC)
Public financing: O’Brien was awarded $24,700 in public financing. He returned $2,222.69
Background: O’Brien, a full-time legislator, was vice chairman of the Government Administration and Elections Committee in 2005, when the panel played a leading role in the passage of sweeping campaign-finance reform legislation. He unsuccessfully ran for mayor of New Britain in 2009.
Committees: Finance, Government Administration and Elections, Labor, Public Health
Education: Central Connecticut State University
2008 Financial Disclosure: O’Brien reported no outside income. His wife, Rhona Cohen-O’Brien, is employed by the Connecticut Center for a New Economy, an advocacy group supported by organized labor.
She owns stock in Apple.
O’Brien declined to disclose his debts, as allowed by law.
A note on financial disclosure: Every spring, officials are required to disclose the ownership of real estate, the source of any income exceeding $1,000 in the previous calendar year and securities worth more than $5,000.