Representative Samuel A. Azzinaro
Chairman, House Rules Committee
Vice Chairman, House Health, Education and Welfare Committee
Vice Chairman, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee
Samuel A. Azzinaro (D) has served the residents of District 37 in Westerly since his election in November 2008.
Rep. Azzinaro is a Deputy Majority Leader as well as the chairman of the House Rules Committee. He is also the vice chairman of both the House Health, Education and Welfare Committee and the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
During the 2015 legislative session, Rep. Azzinaro had several pieces of legislation pass the General Assembly and became law. This included a bill he sponsored which mandates the development of a transition plan by the state for all children under the jurisdiction of the Family Court who are developmentally delayed or seriously emotionally disturbed prior to the child turning age 21. Another piece of legislation that became law increases the permissible funeral expense for a veteran who dies at the Veterans' Home from $5,000 to $10,000. He also sponsored successful legislation that expands the Division of Public Utilities and Carriers’ authority to adopt safety standards related to pipeline facilities including, storage, transportation and distribution of natural gas and flammable gas.
Rep. Azzinaro has helped to obtain state support and private assistance to bring a planned campus of Community College of Rhode Island to downtown Westerly. He recruited Electric Boat to serve as an anchor tenant for the facility, which will include a job skills training center and 18 academic classrooms.
During the 2013-14 session, he sponsored legislation enacted into law that makes stealing farm products and livestock a crime and, depending on the value of the stolen items, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. The House also passed his resolution calling on the Office of Energy Resources to issue a report describing the state’s energy security and improvement opportunities. He was also the author of legislation, now law, that allows liquor stores to open at 10 a.m. on Sundays, enabling businesses in Westerly to compete with Connecticut stores. He also sponsored a law which prohibits price gouging of essential commodities during an emergency. Representative Azzinaro, who previously won a fight to keep the Division of Motor Vehicles’ branch open in Westerly, convinced DMV officials in 2014 to offer drivers’ tests in South County as well.
Rep. Azzinaro previously served for 12 years on the Westerly Town Council, including four years as its President.
He served in the National Guard for four years, and was active in the Army Reserve for two years and inactive in the Army Reserve for two years as well. He was a Staff Sergeant E6.
Rep. Azzinaro was born on January 29, 1943. The father of five is a retired textile worker, business owner and carpenter, and resides in Westerly with his wife, Carol. They are the parents of five children: Tami Algiere, Amy Azzinaro, Lori Gulluscio, Samuel J. Azzinaro and Mary Azzinaro-Banks.
20 Piezzo Drive
Westerly, RI 02891