As an 18-year old Dunmore High School senior, Attorney Corey D. O’Brien successfully lobbied for a $600,000 federal appropriation to build a community center in Dunmore. Today, residents of Dunmore enjoy a $4.5 million, state-of-the-art community center that mirrors Corey’s early vision.
While attending Penn State University, Corey testified before a sub-committee of the Pennsylvania House Education Committee on affordability of higher education. At age 22, Corey served in the Clinton White House and was later appointed to a position in the Clinton Administration’s Agency for International Development.
He went on to graduate in the top of his class from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.
After 10 years in Washington, D.C. serving as a political adviser and attorney, Corey returned with his family to his roots in Northeastern Pennsylvania. After being back in Pennsylvania for only four months, he launched the public affairs television show, The Pulse with Corey O’Brien on FOX. The Pulse with Corey O’Brien has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters as an Outstanding TV Public Affairs Program/Series. In 2006, Corey was named one of the Top 20 most influential people under the age of 40 in Northeastern Pennsylvania by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Business Journal. He resides in Moosic with his wife, Attorney Michelle R. O’Brien, and their two children, Kate and Casey.
What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy playing with my kids and spending time with my wife.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
I was a Penn State University cheerleader. I (also) worked in the Clinton administration and was the first to endorse Barack Obama (locally).
If you could choose another profession, what would it be?
I’d be doing volunteer work.
Who has been the most influential to you professionally?
My parents. They taught me since I was child that you can accomplish whatever you put your mind to, to embrace difficult decisions and to find opportunity in every challenge.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
The beach. It doesn’t matter which one — (as long as I’m) with my family just spending time together.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
From day one I wanted to play a role in the community where I was able to impact and help those who could not help themselves. It is in my nature to lead.
What was your first job?
I worked in a landfill picking up papers that flew off site.What is your favorite quote?
“Good government is good politics.”