Tanzi Will Seek Re-Election

The Rhode Island House of Representatives member will seek a second term.

Representative Teresa Tanzi has announced that she will be seeking re-election to a second term in the House of Representatives from District 34, which includes portions of southern Narragansett, Peace Dale and Wakefield.

“I am so honored and proud to serve the people of South County,” Tanzi said.  “It has been a great learning experience and I feel like I am hitting my stride at both the State House and in helping the people of my district. There is so much more work that needs to be accomplished and I am humbly asking for the voters’ support for a second two-year term.”

Tanzi, a Democrat, said she has focused on improving the state’s economy, assisting the fishing industry, and protecting the quality of life interests that are so important to South Count residents.

She was the House sponsor of legislation that has been signed by Governor Chafee called “Jason’s Law.”  

Named for Jason Foreman, who was killed in 1975 in South Kingstown, the law will prevent those serving time for particularly serious crimes from earning time off their sentences unless they actively participate in their own rehabilitation.  It was introduced in response to the early release last year of Jason Foreman’s convicted killer. 

On behalf of the fishing industry, Tanzi secured House passage of a bill this year to ban pair trawling in Rhode Island waters.  The practice, which involves two fishing vessels dragging a single enormous net between them, is non-existent in nearby states.

She said she will continue to work with the Department of Environmental Management to make sure the local fishing industry is not hurt by the practice by out of state boats if it is allowed to continue.

Tanzi is working closely with those in the commercial seafood and fishing industries by authoring legislation that created an 11-member Port of Galilee Task Force, which she chairs. 

“We are working to identify ways the state can strengthen the fishing industry and the Port of Galilee for long-term stability, particularly as more people recognize the advantages of locally sourced food,” Tanzi said.   

She said she also plans to re-introduce legislation that would enable local winegrowers to sell their products at farmers markets, a practice allowed in other New England states which has proven to be beneficial to open space preservation and economic development.  The bill she co-sponsored passed the House, but it stalled in the Senate this year. 

Tanzi was successful last year in having legislation that she offered be included in the state budget to address the issue of combined reporting.  This is a practice that enables multi-state corporations to avoid paying taxes on profits earned in Rhode Island.  

These companies are now required to submit reports to the Division of Taxation, which will study the issue for two years. The closure of this loophole, if adopted, would level the playing field for small, local businesses that compete with large, out of state corporations.

In addition to her involvement in many issues at the State House, she has also been active in many local causes, including the Johnnycake Center Hunger Task Force and as a member of the Healthy Places by Design working group, which has been studying ways to improve the overall health infrastructure in South Kingstown.

She was honored earlier this year as a “rising political star” at the Women Holding Office Celebration by the YWCA of Northern Rhode Island.

Tanzi is married to Dr. Eric Buchbaum and they are parents of a 6-year-old daughter, Delia, who will be attending first grade at Wakefield Elementary School in the fall.

Tanzi will be kicking off her re-election campaign with an event at Woodhouse Fire N Coal Pizza, 402 Main Street, Wakefield, on Thursday, June 28, at 7 p.m., and encourages her supporters to attend.

Release courtesy of the Tanzi campaign.

wakefield mom June 28, 2012 at 05:27 AM
She ran as a breath of fresh air but as soon as she got up there she jumped into the pig sty with Fox and his pals and played along. Now she stinks just like they do. Case in point: telling the voters of SK and the Foremans that "horsetrading" over a cannibal who brutally killed and damaged the psyche of nearly everyone in Wakefield at that time that this is how business is done up here. "“We were having a definite conversation about the bills and what I think the legislative process is, which is the art of compromise,” Tanzi told GoLocalProv. What a poser, what a deceiver... get rid of this virus now.
Govstench August 18, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Tanzi is more of the tax and spend liberals that are burying this state. Check her voting record - she was bought and paid for by the NEA.
Robert Cagnetta August 18, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Really? Bought and sold? I would love to see your sources on that. Can you provide some examples of tax and spend? What bills? Did she promote new programs that cost us more?
Stephen Greenwell September 03, 2012 at 08:00 AM
I've deleted a comment because of profanity.
scott d. awg September 04, 2012 at 10:50 AM
Mr Cagnette,can you explain how we already had a voter id law,we have to have id to cash a ck or get into a bar but you dont think that it is right to prove who you are to cast a vote?


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