Kathleen A. Fogarty
Chairwoman, House Committee on Municipal Government
Member, House Committee on Labor
Kathleen A. Fogarty (D) was first elected in November 2014 to the seat in House District 35, South Kingstown. She serves as a member of the House Health, Education and Welfare Committee and the House Municipal Government Committee.
In 2018, she co-sponsored women’s rights legislation to ensure that mastectomies are covered by insurance in Rhode Island. The new law eliminates provisions that allow insurers not to cover mastectomies, and also eliminates provisions that say they are allowed to require deductibles and copayments.
In 2017, Chairwoman Fogarty introduced a law that bans the use of hand-held mobile devices while operating a motor vehicle. The new law took effect on June 1, 2018.
In 2016, she introduced legislation that requires elementary schools to have at least 20 minutes of free play recess during the school day. The new law defines free play as being in an unstructured environment supervised by appropriate school personnel.
She also introduced legislation to bring about updates to the state’s E-911 system, requiring updates that will allow users to access the system by text, video and other methods.
During her inaugural session in 2015, Representative Fogarty sponsored legislation that gives the secretary of state the power to purchase new voting machines to replace the state’s antiquated equipment with new state-of-the-art technology.
She also successfully sponsored a veterans-related bill that allows Purple Heart license plates to transfer to surviving relatives upon the death of the medal recipient.
Prior to her election to the House of Representatives, she was a member of the South Kingstown Town Council from 2002 to 2012, serving as the council president from 2008 to 2010 and as the vice president from 2004 to 2008.
Born July 29, 1965, she and her husband, Brendan J. Fogarty, have two children, Brendan and Lauren.
Employed as an Industrial Security Specialist at Raytheon Corporation, Representative Fogarty graduated from Smithfield High School in 1983 and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Service Administration from Providence College in 1987.
50 Woodmark Way
Wakefield, RI 02879