As a long-time Londoner, Pat O’Brien graduated the University of Western Ontario with an Honours B.A. and Master of Education degree.
He taught at the secondary school level and has been a guest lecturer at Fanshawe College and the University of Western Ontario. As a school administrator, he spent seven years as Department Head of Physical Education and acting Vice-Principal of Catholic Central High School.
As an athlete and coach for more than 30 years, Mr. O’Brien is well known in the London athletic community for his participation and leadership.
He is a long-time member of the North London Optimists and the Knights of Columbus. He also served as Chair of the St. Andrew the Apostle Parish Council and as President of St. Anne’s School C.P.T.A.
In 1980, Mr. O’Brien was elected city-wide as a Trustee to the London Board of Education and was elected to London City Council in 1982. He was re-elected with strong support in 1985, 1988 and 1991.
In 2004, as an MP, he was unanimously elected as Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs.
He is a founding member of the Canada-Ireland Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group and currently serves as its chair. He served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Trade from 2000-2003.
Mr. O’Brien and his wife, Evelyn, raised their three children in the riding of London-Fanshawe.