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3/30/2017 Senator Lombardi named chairman of new Rules, Government Ethics and Oversight Committee
STATE HOUSE — President of the Senate Dominick J. Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, Providence, North Providence) has appointed Sen. Frank S. Lombardi (D–Dist. 26, Cranston) to serve as chairman of the newly formed Senate Committee on Rules, Government Ethics and Oversight.

The new committee was created today by the Senate as the body adopted its new rules (2017-S 0531A) for the 2017-2018 session. The committee is tasked with considering all matters relating to the rules of the Senate, ensuring that the Senate and senatorial staff adhere to the highest standards of ethical conduct, and monitoring and evaluating the past, current and prospective performance of public bodies.

“I’m grateful to President Ruggerio for his confidence in me in asking me to helm this new committee,” said Senator Lombardi. “The ethics component of this panel will help the Senate to further its long-stated goal of guaranteeing transparency and ethical conduct. I also look forward to the committee’s role of reviewing various government agencies to ensure that they are doing the best possible job for the people of Rhode Island.”

Other Senators appointed to the committee include Sen. James C. Sheehan (D-Dist. 36, North Kingstown, Narragansett) as vice chairman, Sen. Frank S. Lombardo III (D-Dist. 25, Johnston) as secretary, Sen. Stephen R. Archambault (D-Dist. 22, Smithfield, North Providence, Johnston), Sen. Daniel DaPonte (D-Dist. 14, East Providence), Sen. Paul V. Jabour (D-Dist. 5, Providence), Senate Minority Whip Nicholas D. Kettle (R-Dist. 21, Coventry, Foster, Scituate, West Greenwich) and Sen. Erin Lynch Prata (D-Dist. 31, Warwick, Cranston).

Senator Lombardi, who was first elected to the Senate in 2012, has practiced law for more than 26 years. He plans to convene the first meeting of the committee sometime over the next few weeks.

For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903