McCaffrey re-elected Majority Leader, Ruggerio endorsed for re-election as Senate President
STATE HOUSE, Providence – Senator Michael J. McCaffrey was elected to another term as Senate Majority Leader at a Democratic Caucus last week.
“I am truly humbled that my colleagues have placed their continued faith in me,” said Senator McCaffrey (D-Dist. 29, Warwick). “It is an honor I accept fully knowing that we will be successful as a caucus because of the talent and dedication of each member. Through collaboration and communication, we can address the challenges facing our state and continue to move Rhode Island forward.”
Senator McCaffrey was first elected to the Senate in 1994. He represents District 29, which encompasses much of Warwick. He was named chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, which considers all bills affecting the penal code, judicial system, ethics, open meetings, access to public records and election laws, in 2003. In March of 2017, he was elevated by his peers to the office of Majority Leader.
During his time in the Senate he has championed issues ranging from elder abuse to strengthening sex offender laws to a measure enabling aid for family members who care for a developmentally disabled or chronically ill relative.
He was the driving force behind the Good Samaritan Overdose Act, which expanded legal protections for those who seek medical assistance for individuals experiencing a drug overdose, and legislation which protects owners of homes on leased land.
Senator McCaffrey championed the Senate’s work on historic criminal justice reforms enacted last year. He was the prime sponsor of the comprehensive legislation, which overhauled Rhode Island’s probation and parole system.
He has been honored for his work by organizations including Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his work to curtail drunk driving, specifically legislation which allows judges to require ignition interlocks for those convicted of drunken driving.
A practicing attorney, Senator McCaffrey is a member of both the Rhode Island and the District of Columbia Bar Associations.
Also last week, the Democratic Caucus gave its endorsement to Senator Dominick J. Ruggerio for re-election to the office of President of the Senate.
Senator Ruggerio previously served as Majority Leader since 2011.
“It is truly humbling to have the continued support of my colleagues to serve as their President of the Senate. Any leader would be fortunate to have such a tremendous group of individuals to serve alongside. Of course, I am also fortunate to have a great team at my side, including our newly re-elected Majority Leader, Michael McCaffrey, and our incomparable Majority Whip, Maryellen Goodwin.”
President Ruggerio resides in North Providence and represents District 4, which includes portions of North Providence and Providence.
Senator Ruggerio served as Majority Leader from 2011 to 2017, when he was elected President. He served as Senate Majority Whip from 2003 to 2010, and previous to that as Deputy President Pro Tempore of the Senate and as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on Labor and Transportation.
President Ruggerio is the “Dean,” or most senior member, of the Senate.
For more information, contact:
Greg Pare, Press Secretary for the Senate
State House Room 314
Providence, RI 02903