As an 18-year old Dunmore High School senior, Corey 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 facility that mirrors Corey’s early vision of providing residents with a multi-generational community center.
Corey continued his civic involvement in college. While attending Penn State University, Corey testified before a Pennsylvania House Education Sub-Committee promoting the affordability of higher education. After college graduation, Corey interned in the Clinton White House and was later appointed to a position in the United States Agency for International Development.
After serving in the Clinton Administration, Corey attended and graduated in the top of his class from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. Corey is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and in the District of Columbia. Corey is also licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court and other federal courts.
After 10 years in Washington, D.C., Corey and his family moved home to Northeastern Pennsylvania. After being back in Pennsylvania for only four months, Corey launched the public affairs television show, The Pulse with Corey O’Brien on FOX56. After only one season, The Pulse was recognized by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters as an Outstanding TV Public Affairs Program/Series. The Pulse was also recognized by the Electric City newspaper as the region’s top public affairs television talk show. In addition, Corey served as a political analyst on the ABC-affiliate, WNEP-TV 16, WILK News Radio. Corey also hosted a radio program, Corey O’Brien Now on WILK News Radio.
In 2007, Corey was elected to the post of Lackawanna County commissioner in an unprecedented landslide victory and served until 2015.