Represenative Michelle McGaw (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton).

Representative Michelle McGaw was officially sworn into office on Tuesday as the 2021-2022 session of the Rhode Island General Assembly convened.

Representative McGaw will represent D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Tiverton, and Little Compton and was one of 14 new members of the House of Representatives who took the oath of office, which was administered to all 75 House members by Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea.

Related – Rhode Island General Assembly will open its 2021 session on January 5

The House of Representatives began its legislative year today meeting at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence to provide greater social distance than is possible at the State House, which is closed to the public during the pandemic. The session also included the election of Rep. K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick) as the speaker of the House.

Representative McGaw is a consultant pharmacist serving the long-term care community and is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy. She is a member of the Portsmouth Democratic Town Committee and served on the Portsmouth Waste and Recycling Committee and the 2020 Portsmouth Charter Review Committee. She is a board member for the Rhode Island Democratic Women’s Caucus.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
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Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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