Dawn Euer was sworn into the Rhode Island Senate today at a ceremony at the State House.

Senator Euer, a Democrat who represents District 13 in Newport and Jamestown, was surrounded by family, friends, legislators and other dignitaries as she took the oath of office, administered by Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea in the Senate Lounge.

Senator Euer, a lawyer who lives in Newport, was elected August 22nd in a special election to replace former Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed, who resigned in the spring to take a new position as president of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island.

After her swearing-in, Senate President Dominick Ruggerio announced that he has appointed her to the Senate Committee on Commerce, the Senate Committee on Environment and Agriculture and the Senate Committee on Rules, Government Ethics and Oversight.

Dawn Euer, the Democratic upstart who won over three primary election rivals earlier this summer, easily won the special election to replace Paiva Weed, who held the seat representing Newport and Jamestown for 22 years.

Euer won every polling place in Newport and Jamestown to easily outdistance Republican Michael Smith, Independent Kim Ripoli, and Green Party candidate Gregory Larson.

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