William (Bill) W. O'Brien (D-SH054)
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State House 82 Smith Street
Providence, RI 02903-1105

District Office:
25 Oak Grove Boulevard
North Providence, RI 02911
Elected: 2012    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Jacqueline Celeste   DOB: 7/27/1969
Committee Assignments
Vice ChairHouse Committee on Rules
SecretaryJoint Permanent Committee on State Lottery
Vice ChairHouse Committee on Corporations
Vice ChairHouse Committee on Environment and Natural Resources
MemberSubcommittee on Education
MemberSubcommittee on Environment/Transportation
MemberHouse Committee on Finance
Counties Representing


William W. O'Brien (D) has served the residents of North Providence in District 54 since first being elected in November 2012. He was named a Deputy Majority Leader in April 2014. Representative O'Brien serves as the first vice chair of both the House Corporations Committee and the House Rules Committee and is the second vice chair of the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee. He is a member of the House Finance Committee and he is the chair of the Permanent Joint Committee on State Lottery.

During the 2021 legislative session, Representative O'Brien was honored with the 2021 Human Heroes Award by the Defenders of Animals. The group honored Representative O'Brien in recognition of his successful legislative efforts, dedication and steadfast commitment to the concerns of the plight of animals throughout Rhode Island. He introduced a new law in 2021 which terminates all parental rights of convicted rapists when a child is born from the assault, and another new law which prohibits municipalities from changing property assessments after the sale or transfer of a property.

In 2020, Representative O'Brien sponsored legislation which mandates arming campus police at public higher educational institutions and includes campus police in the definition of "law enforcement officer" for the purposes of the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights. He also sponsored a bill which provides that any person convicted of larceny of a package delivered by any government or private delivery service, shall, if committing larceny while operating a motor vehicle, that motor vehicle shall be subject to forfeiture. One of Rep. O'Brien's areas of focus has been on improving the quality and affordability of public education. His legislation that created dual enrollment programs​ at Rhode Island schools enables students to enroll at a college or university as non-degree students and have the courses be recognized toward degree completion at both the college and high school levels.

Born on July 27, 1969, he is a 1987 graduate with honors from North Providence High School and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from Rhode Island College in 1991. He later studied at Providence College, the University of Rhode Island and Florida International University.

Representative O'Brien is a math teacher in the Providence public school system. He served in the Peace Corps in South Africa from 1998 to 2000 and was a North Providence Jets youth football coach for 12 years. He is engaged to Jacqueline Celeste.​​