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.