The Rhode Island Senate today approved legislation to rename the Community College of Rhode Island’s Newport campus in honor of former Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed.

“Teresa was a remarkable Senate President, and she is a remarkable person. I am incredibly proud to call her a friend,” said Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin (D-Dist. 1, Providence), the lead sponsor of the legislation. “Over the course of her career, she has made a powerful, positive difference not only for her community of Newport, but for all of Rhode Island. Naming CCRI’s Newport campus in her honor is a fitting tribute for her many years of history-making service to our state.”

First elected in 1992, Paiva Weed served in the Senate for almost 25 years. In 2009, she became the first woman to be elected Senate President. During her time in the chamber, she also served as Majority Leader and Chairwoman of the Committee on Judiciary, the first woman to serve in these capacities in either chamber.

In 2017, Paiva Weed resigned from the Senate to become president of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island. She is also the first woman to hold that post.

A press release from the Rhode Island Senate says that Paiva Weed’s legislative accomplishments are vast and far-reaching. “Early in her legislative career she spearheaded efforts to reform the state’s welfare system and was she was instrumental in the passage of legislation that changed the manner in which judges are selected to a merit-based process. In other landmark legislation, she established the property tax cap, created the Family Independence Act and restructured the Victims Compensation Fund. She championed green jobs legislation, education and job training initiatives, and legislation to improve the state’s business climate. She also championed funding for the relocation of the Newport Pell Bridge ramps”.

As President of the Senate, “Paiva Weed shepherded into law legislation to address the opioid overdose crisis. She supported a package of legislation to improve access to mental health treatment and preventative services, as well as legislation to reform the state’s sentencing and probation system”.

“It would be difficult to overstate just how much Teresa has done for education at all levels and for CCRI in in particular, and who at the same time was so instrumental in the redevelopment of Newport’s North End. Teresa shepherded the education funding formula into law, helped refocus CCRI’s mission, and was a strong champion for the Newport campus and the city. She is a leader we should all be proud of, and this is a fitting tribute to her legacy,” said Senator Goodwin in a statement.

Whip Goodwin’s legislation (2022-S 2832) was cosponsored by Sen. Dawn Euer (D-Dist. 13, Newport, Jamestown), Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, North Providence, Providence), Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey (D-Dist. 29, Warwick), Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D-Dist. 27, Cranston, West Warwick), Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D-Dist. 19, Cumberland), Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne (D-Dist. 32, Barrington, Bristol, East Providence), Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence), Sen. Walter S. Felag Jr. (D-Dist. 10, Warren, Bristol, Tiverton), and Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D-Dist. 37, South Kingstown, New Shoreham).

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