Jadine (Raynes) O’Brien was born August 1931 in Whitman, Massachusetts. Her father, John Raynes, was in the chicken business. Her mother, Eunice Raynes, worked in a dress shop. Jadine worked in the same dress shop and put herself through school at Westbrook College in Maine. She was inspired by John Kennedy to get involved with politics and particularly, the Democratic Party, which she did with her husband Jack O’Brien. After college, she worked for Peter N. Kyros, Sr., then got involved in Portland city government and directed the Model Cities Program. Later, she ran for Congress against Peter Kyros in 1974 and lost, then went to work for the Center for Community Dental Health until 1979, when she went to work for Governor Joe Brennan as a member of his cabinet. Later, she worked for Blue Cross and Blue Shield. She has worked as a lobbyist for more than 16 years.
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