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|About||Margaret O'Brien for State Senate is about real people, real results for Kalamazoo County.|
|Mission||Real People, Real Results for Kalamazoo County|
As a lifelong resident of Kalamazoo County, I grew up working on dairy farms- first in Pavilion Township, then in Texas Township, with my three brothers and parents. Like many farm youths, I spent summers detasseling corn. Those summers taught me that hard work is the key to success. Working in the hot sun, for long hours in less than ideal conditions, I learned that you finish whatever job you start no matter how hard it is.
I graduated Mattawan High School in 1991 and went to Michigan State University. I attended MSU’s prestigious James Madison College, and paid my own way through college working two jobs while earning a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations in 1996.
Returning home to Kalamazoo, I was hired at Catholic Family Services as a Crisis Worker at their ARK shelter for runaway, troubled and homeless teens. I earned promotions and eventually managed their Caring Network pregnancy support program.
During this time I raised my son Tyjon and provided for him and my father who was suffering from Parkinson's disease.