Craven, Others Sworn in to General Assembly

In a session full of pomp, circumstance, family and friends, the members of the 2013-14 General Assembly convene for the first time.


Democrat Robert E. Craven was one of only 16 new members of the Rhode Island General Assembly sworn in Tuesday at the State House. Craven joined the House's 75 other members during the swearing in ceremony, which saw Rep. Gordon D. Fox retain his seat as Speaker of the House.

Craven beat out Republican incumbent Rep. Laurence Ehrhardt in November elections, following a tough primary between Ehrhardt and fellow Republican Sharon Gamba. Though it will be Craven's first term in the General Assembly, he's no stranger to politics. In the 1990s, he served on the North Kingstown Town Council and was Assistant Attorney General in the 1980s.

Also sworn in on the House side was Rep. Doreen Costa (R - NK, Exeter) who beat out her Democratic challenger Steve Campo in the general election.

Across the way, in the Senate chambers, 38 senators were sworn in, including Sen. Dawson Hodgson (R- EG, NK, SK, Narr.) and Sen. James Sheehan (D - NK, Narr.).

Sen. Teresa Paiva-Weed (D-Newport, Jamestown) regained the presidency, with Hodgson casting the lone "nay" vote.



Mr. Lincoln January 03, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Sousa won't make it to the State House with his poor spelling and grammar and Daffodill lady can't even spell her flower correctly, so my vote goes to Bob Craven! Best of luck to this nice man in his new position!
Politics Sheriff of NK January 03, 2013 at 01:47 AM
Mr Lincoln, nicely said!
b kcaj January 03, 2013 at 03:38 AM
Joe Sousa couldn't spell cat if you spotted him the "C" and the "T".
M. A. Waterbury January 03, 2013 at 01:49 PM
I have every confidence that Bob Craven will do right by us: he is a good listener when he needs to be, resists the temptation to shoot his mouth off when he doesn't have a fully-formed conviction, and will take on the room when he does...knock 'em dead Bob!
Govstench January 18, 2013 at 01:08 PM
Craven needs to be given a chance. Let's see what he proposes and how he votes before everyone passes judgement.


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