Representative Daniel Reilly (R – District 72, Middletown/Portsmouth) announced on his personal Facebook Page on Friday that he will not seek re-election in November.
Reilly, who recently got engaged to marry Dr. Alexandra Costa, cites his new career as the decision on why not to seek reelection.
I want to thank everyone for their help and support for my races over the years. I have been offered a new job at a law firm in Providence and have decided that I need to devote my time to my new career. As a result, I will not be seeking re-election to my seat in the House of Representatives.
Serving in the House for four of the past six years has been an incredible experience – and I am very grateful for all of the support that I have received that has allowed me to serve.
Again – to my family, friends and constituents – thank you for everything. It’s been a good ride.
Reilly was elected in November 2014 as the State Representative from District 72, which includes portions of Middletown and Portsmouth. He previously served in the House of Representatives in 2011 and 2012.
Reilly was 1 of 12 Republicans currently serving in the House of Representatives, 62 democrats and 1 independent make up the 75 seats in the House.
In the 2015 session, Rep. Reilly sponsored legislation that would exempt military pensions from the Rhode Island state income tax. He also introduced legislation to establish an Office of Inspector General with the purpose of preventing and detecting fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement of public funds. Also sponsored by Representative Reilly was a bill that would require the governor to submit a zero-based budget to be phased out in over five years.
Rep. Reilly has been a member of the Portsmouth Economic Development Committee, the Town of Portsmouth Elmhurst Planning Committee and the Town of Portsmouth Lower Glen Farm Preservation Committee and Glen Park Working Committee. He is a member of the National Eagle Scouts Association, Save the Bay, the Aquidneck Island Land Trust, the Bristol Fire Department and the Norman Bird Sanctuary.