[VIDEO] General Assembly Sworn In; Paiva Weed Regains Presidency
In a session full of pomp, circumstance, family and friends, the members of the 2013-14 General Assembly convene for the first time.
Sen. Teresa Paiva-Weed (D-Newport, Jamestown) regained the Senate presidency, with Sen. Dawson Hodgson (R-E.G., N.K., S.K., Narr.) casting the lone "nay" vote.
East Greenwich has a new state representative for the first time in 20 years, with the swearing in Tuesday of Anthony Giarrusso (R-E.G., W.G.) at the State House.
Giarrusso was one of 75 state representatives to be sworn in during the New Year's Day ceremony, but had the distinction of being the only newly elected Republican to the House. There are only six Republican state representatives.
Rep. Gordon Fox (D-Providence) was returned to the House speakership by a vote of 66-6, with 3 abstentions.
Across the way, in the Senate chambers, 38 senators were sworn in, including Hodgson and Sen. Leonidas Raptakis (D-Coventry, E.G., W.G.).