Senator James C. Sheehan announced Monday that he will be running for re-election to the State Senate in District 36 (North Kingstown and Narragansett).
"I still have more work to do to make our state more economically competitive, transparent and efficient as well as ethical. Specifically, I will work tirelessly to restore the Ethics Commission's jurisdiction over the General Assembly and will continue to improve our business climate to reduce unemployment in our state," he said in a statement.
Reflecting on the past two years, Senator Sheehan highlighted his sponsoring the centerpiece legislation to overhaul the Economic Development Corporation (now called the RI Commerce Corporation) and sponsored legislation to bring increased accountability and transparency to other state quasi-public agencies. Further, Senator Sheehan also successfully advocated lowering the corporate income tax rate from 9% to 7% and enhancing the state's training and outplacement services for residents seeking employment opportunities.
"It has been my honor to serve my constituents in North Kingstown and Narragansett. I humbly request their support so that I may continue working to make our Rhode Island a better place to live and work," he said.
Sheehan, 48, is a Democrat and is married to his wife Meredith. They have two children, Colin and Liam.
Sheehan, a teacher for the Warwick School Department, graduated from North Kingstown High School in 1984, the University of Rhode Island in 1988 with a B.A., and Catholic University in 1992 with a M.A., and received his Teacher’s Certificate from Rhode Island College in 1985.
Senator Sheehan is a member of the North Kingstown Boosters; Smith Castle Historical Association; Co-Chair of the William H. Sheehan Scholarship Fund; Save the Bay; Knights of Columbus; Narrow River Preservation Association; and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.
In addition, Senator Sheehan serves on the Quonset Davisville Management Corporation; the State House Security Commission; the North Kingstown Democratic Town Committee; and the Narragansett Democratic Town Committee. He was first elected Senator in 2000.