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1/13/2003 Speaker Murphy appoints spokesman
STATE HOUSE – House Speaker William J. Murphy today announced the appointment of Larry Berman as his new spokesperson.

“We’re all very excited to have a professional such as Larry join us,” said Speaker Murphy. “His appointment is tremendously significant – never before has the Speaker’s Office had a full-time spokesperson. Larry will help us usher in a new era of openness and communication between the House leadership and the people of Rhode Island.”

Berman, 47, most recently served as campaign manager during U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy’s successful bid for reelection. Before that, he was Kennedy’s longtime press secretary, seeing the Congressman through four terms in office.

“I am honored to take part in such a noble and historical institution,” said Berman. “Everything the General Assembly does touches the lives of Rhode Islanders, from passing health care initiatives to the state’s budget to separation of powers legislation. I look forward to sharing the news of our government with the people who run it: The citizens of Rhode Island.”

From 1976 to 1994, Berman worked at The Call, a daily newspaper in Woonsocket. He began his career as a staff writer and sports writer, eventually working his way to the paper’s top editorial position of managing editor.

During the fall of 1994, he also served as press secretary for two separate campaigns: Kennedy’s first bid for Congress, and Congressman Ron Machtley’s campaign for Governor of Rhode Island.

“Larry comes to us with a wealth of experience, both in the political and journalistic arenas,” said Speaker Murphy, who represents District 26 in West Warwick, Coventry and Warwick. “Everyone who has dealt with Larry knows what a true professional he is. We look forward to working with him during these exciting times of change in the General Assembly.”

A 1973 graduate of Woonsocket High School and a 1977 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Berman lives in Cumberland with his wife and two daughters.

For more information, contact:
Dana Rae Laverty, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2457