I grew up in Saint Paul Kansas and spent a lot of time in Walnut where my grandparents lived. I had a typical rural Kansas upbringing. I have two sisters, Christy and Kaleigh and two brothers, Ryan and Riley. My parents are Kelly and Janice O’Brien. I have three children Lilly, Grace and Thomas. I believe the most important lessons in life are learned from experience, hard work and relationships. But, as far as a formal education, I received my Bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State University and my Master’s degree from the Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs at Wichita State University.