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Edward "Ted" O'Brien, (R-WI-9)

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Full Name: Edward “Ted” Andrew O’Brien

Date of Birth: October 2nd, 1945

Place of Birth: Waukesha, Wisconsin

Place of Residence: Waukesha, Wisconsin

Hometown: Waukesha, Wisconsin

Party: Republican (since 1968), Democrat (1962-1968)

Faction: Establishment

Religion: Christened in Roman Catholic Church, converted to Lutheran in 1983

Avatar: Enda Kenny


Family History:

Joshua O’Brien, b.1910, d.1982, Father, WWII veteran, Army mechanic, Founder of O’Brien Motor Company

Hannah O’Brien, b.1912, Mother, W.A.C. veteran


Joshua O’Brien, II, b.1950, Brother, Inventor, philanthropist, President of The O’Brien Company

William O’Brien, b.1955, Brother, U.S. Foreign Service officer

Geraldine O’Brien, b.1958, Sister, Trial lawyer


Kathleen O’Brien, M.D., b.1948, m.1968, Pediatrician


Ellen O’Brien, 1/30/1975, Daughter, Medical student, UW-Madison

Benjamin O'Brien, 1/30/1975 Son, Law student, University of Notre Dame

James O’Brien, 7/12/1976, Son, High school student

Andrew O’Brien, 4/31/1978, Son

Bethany O’Brien, 9/10/1979, Daughter

Tyler O’Brien, 5/2/1980, Son

Patricia O’Brien, 9/7/1981, Daughter

Greg O’Brien, 7/2/1985, Son

David O’Brien, 12/23/1986, Son


Educational History:

J.D., Legal studies, University of Notre Dame, 1969

B.A., Legal studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1965


Biographical History:

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin’s 9th District

Since January 3rd, 1979


Public defender, State of Wisconsin



Serviceman, U.S. Marine Corps

Active duty



Running back, University of Notre Dame's Fighting Irish football team



Running back, University of Wisconsin-Madison's Wisconsin Badgers football team



Edward Andrew O'Brien would be the first son of third-generation Irish-American WWII Army mechanic, automobile racer, and businessman Joshua O'Brien. Raised during a time when the O'Brien Motor Company was undergoing its true surge in popularity, Ted O'Brien had his heart set elsewhere than automobile racing and being the heir of the family business. While Ted cherished the hours of work he did for his father in the shop, becoming a mechanic by trade, Ted O'Brien sought a career helping those who could not defend themselves. O'Brien would be fascinated by the rise of another Irish Roman Catholic's Presidential ascension. Taking President Kennedy's words at heart, he would apply himself in legal studies, specifically at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While he was originally drawn to Kennedy's Democratic party, it would be largely due to President Lyndon Johnson's second term that he would sour against the Democratic party and registered in 1968 with the Republican party, fully expecting to vote for Kennedy's 1960 rival, Richard Nixon. A heart for American football would be born when he would grow up in 1960s Wisconsin. He would make the '63, '64, and '65 Wisconsin Badgers as a running back. He would be considered to be drafted into the NFL as a Packer for the '66 Season. However, Edward O'Brien decided to continue the legal studies that he started at UW-Madison. He would be offered to play for Notre Dame, one that he would accept. Ted O'Brien's fans would be largely frustrated by this, though O'Brien always claimed that he "wasn't ready for Packers prime-time," a phrase that would be largely associated with Teddy. O'Brien would attend the Fighting Irish vs Spartans game in 1966, though an injury would take him out in the first few minutes of the game. He would finish his Juris Doctorate at Notre Dame. There, he would meet one Kathleen terHorst, second-generation Dutch-American medical student to which they would date and eventually marry. They would have multiple children in their remarkably good marriage. 


O'Brien would attend Notre Dame and stay in the Fighting Irish football team after recovering from his 1966 injury. While he was speculated to be drafted into the 1969 Packers, he would be called into a different draft- for the Vietnam War. While he could have acquired a deferment, Ted O'Brien insisted that if his country called him, he would serve regardless of whether or not he agreed with its intervention there. O'Brien would serve in the Marines, a choice not fully welcomed by his father, but none the less, he would serve in Vietnam in the U.S. Marine Corps. Leaving Vietnam in 1974, O'Brien would be forever changed by his involvement in Vietnam. While taking pride in his service in the U.S. Marine Corps, O'Brien would take notice of how it appeared that veterans were being abandoned after their service to their country. Ted O'Brien would arrive back home to an America bruised by the Vietnam intervention, yet he swore to do his part to change it for the better. While he questioned the politicians that ran the country as many did, he sought to bring the best of it out once again. Ted O'Brien would use his experience in law school to become a public defender for the state of Wisconsin, personally managing civil and criminal cases. O'Brien would garner a reputation for making sure no option was left before his cases were finishing, ensuring that they were air-tight. Ted O'Brien the attorney would appear to be actually recovering from his Vietnam pains.


Ted O'Brien would leave his career as a public defender when the NRCC courted him to take over retiring Congressman Bob Kasten's seat. After a lengthy deliberation with his young family, he decided to go all in for public service. O'Brien would be met with stiff opposition from the young Wisconsin State Assemblywoman Susan Shannon Engeleiter and archconservative Wisconsin State Senator F. James Sensenbrenner. O'Brien waged an aggressive, positive retail campaign with the ambition to speak to every person residing in Wisconsin's 9th District. While Sensenbrenner looked to be the favorite, O'Brien managed to run up the middle and give a surprisingly tight victory over the archconservative Sensenbrenner. O'Brien would face a young Democratic lawyer in the form of Matt Flynn, a future state Democratic party chair. Ted O'Brien would manage sweeping victories in the solidly Conservative 9th District. 


Currently, Ted O'Brien is serving his fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives and has garnered a reputation of being a moderate Conservative. A father of nine children, Ted O'Brien does still enjoy working in the shop when he can, though he does enjoy elk hunting and cycling. He presently resides in Waukesha and has recently acquired two family dogs, both American Water Spaniels by the names of Kennedy and Reagan...you're free to take a wild guess why they're named as such.


Wisconsin House of Representatives elections, 1986, General election

Congressman Edward O'Brien, Republican, 122,988 votes 79.16%

Mr. Thomas Popp, Democrat, 32,374 votes, 20.83%


Wisconsin House of Representatives elections, 1984, General election

Congressman Edward O'Brien, Republican, 177,251 votes, 69.75%

Attorney John Krause, Democrat, 48,392 votes, 19.04%

Mr. Stephen Hauser, Constitution, 28,479 votes, 11.20%


Wisconsin House of Representatives elections, 1982, General election

Congressman Edward O'Brien, Republican, 112,909 votes, >99%


Wisconsin House of Representatives elections, 1980, General election

Congressman Edward O'Brien, Republican, 209,089 votes, 79.25%

Mr. Gary Benedict, Democrat 54,747 votes, 20.75%



Wisconsin House of Representatives elections, 1978, General election

Public defender Edward O'Brien, Republican, 119,398 votes, 61.37%

Attorney Matthew J. Flynn, Democrat, 75,200 votes, 38.64%


Wisconsin House of Representatives elections, 1978, Republican primary

Public defender Edward O'Brien, Republican, 25,886 votes, 37.89%

State Senator F. James Sensenbrenner, Republican, 25,004 votes, 36.59%

State Assemblywoman Susan Shannon Engeleiter, Republican, 17,435, 25.52%

Edited by Evan

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