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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  85

House concurrent resolution honoring Daniel O’Brien for his service on the Vermont liquor control board, and as a business and political leader in Vermont

Offered by:  Representatives Donovan of Burlington and Pugh of S. Burlington

Whereas, Daniel O’Brien has served as a leader in business, politics, and Vermont state government, and

Whereas, his family roots in Vermont and leadership in both the private and the public sectors date back 120 years to the time his grandfather, also named Daniel established a livestock business in South Burlington and later served for nine terms in the General Assembly, and

Whereas, under the guidance of both Daniel O’Brien and his brother, Leo O’Brien Jr., the small real estate office the family established in the late 1950s has grown into a major residential and commercial developer, and

Whereas, Daniel O’Brien’s business activities do not reflect the entire scope of his interests as he inherited his family’s love of politics and desire to serve the community at large, and

Whereas, his political acumen proved sharp, and Daniel O’Brien served terms both as Democratic state chair and as Vermont’s Democratic National Committeeman, and

Whereas, of all the roles Daniel O’Brien has filled so successfully, special recognition must be made of his 28 years of service as a member of the Vermont liquor control board, and

Whereas, for 20 of those 28 years, he was the board’s astute and watchful chair, and his meritorious performance in this sensitive and potentially controversial position earned much praise from his board colleagues regardless of their political party affiliation, and

Whereas, Daniel O’Brien shared his wealth of expertise on liquor regulatory matters on a national basis during his over-20 years of service on the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association’s board of directors, and 

Whereas, he played an instrumental role in securing the adoption of legislation requiring that Vermont employees and owners of licensed retailers of alcohol be trained as servers, an important step toward promoting safe drinking policies, and

Whereas, Daniel O’Brien is retiring from the liquor control board, and his personal presence and wise advice will be missed by one and all, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Daniel O’Brien for his service on the Vermont liquor control board, and as a business and political leader in Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Daniel O’Brien in South Burlington.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont