HARRISBURG – House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) released the following statement on the passing of Rep. Mike O’Brien (D-Philadelphia):
“Rep. O’Brien was a strong voice for the citizens of Philadelphia during his 12 years in the House and a man of common sense and integrity. Despite facing health issues, Rep. O’Brien never stopped working hard for his constituents and the people of Pennsylvania.
“My good friend Rep. O’Brien and I shared a passion for Notre Dame, where his daughter, Bridget, is a Ph.D. candidate, and all things Irish. We will miss his wit and eloquence.
“We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife, Rita, and children, Bridget and Michael. ‘May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rains fall soft upon your fields.’”
Representative Mike Turzai
Speaker of the House
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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