State Senator Fogarty retires

State Senator Fogarty retires

Will not run for re-election

GLOCESTER– After 20 years of public service Sen. Paul Fogarty, serving District 23 in Glocester, Burrillville and North Smithfield, has announced he will be retiring from the General Assembly and not seek re-election in November.

Fogarty, 61, said he and his wife Nancy talked over the past several months and decided it was a good time for him to step down. He added he encouraged other residents with new ideas to run for office.

First elected in 1998 from District 27, serving Glocester and Burrillville, when the Senate was reduced from 50 to 38 members in 2003 he represented District 23, adding North Smithfield to his district.

“It’s been a great honor to have served the people of northwest Rhode Island these past years and to have had the opportunity to represent their interests at the Statehouse,” he said.

Whether fighting against the Burrillville power plant proposal, working for state aid in the schools, he said he always tried to put the community’s interests first.

“I am very grateful to my neighbors in the district for giving me this opportunity to serve," said Fogarty.

Fogarty thanked his wife and family for allowing him the chance to serve, given the time-consuming nature of being in the Senate.

“Now I look forward to spending more time with them in the coming months and enjoying our boat on the lake this summer,” he said.

He and his wife are the parents of three adult sons. He is a licensed master plumber, and served as the council president on the Glocester Town Council for one term.

During his time in the Senate, he served as chairman of the Senate Labor Committee sing 2009, holding several other leadership positions, including deputy majority leader.