Casey Sworn In At State House New Year's Day

New legislator takes oath of office with 74 fellow representatives.


Rep. Stephen M. Casey (D – Dist. 50) was formally sworn into office New Year's Day as the 2013-2014 session of the Rhode Island General Assembly convened.

Casey was one of 16 new members of the House of Representatives who took the oath of office, which was administered to all 75 House members by the Rhode Island Secretary of State, A. Ralph Mollis, according to a State House news release.

The House of Representatives began its legislative year with a program of activities that included the re-election of Rep. Gordon D. Fox as the Speaker of the House.

Casey, a Woonsocket firefighter, starts his first term in the General Assembly. To get there, he bested former Democratic Rep. Jon Brien in the Sept. 11 primary, withstood Brien's Hatch Act challenge to his candidacy and defeated Brien's write-in campaign against him during the Nov. 6 election. 

"I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and  once again thank the residents of Representative District 50. I am honored that you have chosen me to represent you in the General Assembly. I thank you for your vote of confidence and trust.  As this Legislative Session begins, I am looking forward to working hard for the city of Woonsocket's best interests," Casey said in an e-mail comment late Monday night.

The Chorus January 02, 2013 at 04:29 PM
I'd really love to know the cost of the GA opening on January 1 as opposed to January 2nd...have to assume that all the GA support staff and Capital Police earned time-and-a-half (if not double time) for their nice little ceremony yesterday...a true display of leadership and prudence would have been to delay the start until today.
Russell Archambault January 03, 2013 at 12:27 AM
I wish all our woonsocket representatives the best in this very difficult job. good luck,RussellArchambault.
Gene Chevrette January 03, 2013 at 02:45 AM
We will be watching Mr Casey very closely. He stated he would represent the people and not his We shall see.
Gene Chevrette January 03, 2013 at 02:48 AM
It is a proven fact that the GA does not give a hoot about the big problems in this state, therefore I was not surprised at the ceremony being held on January 1. Remember this is RI.
Carol Wilson-Allen January 03, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Congratulations to Mr. Casey! Praying that you will be led by God in all you are called to face, in these difficult times. If you are, great things will happen for the City of Woonsocket. God Bless You...


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