GLOCESTER– Sen. Paul Fogarty, a Democrat representing District 23 in Glocester, Burrillville and North Smithfield, says he will not be running for reelection once his term ends in November.
A graduate of LaSalle Academy, Fogarty, 61, works as a master plumber.
Prior to his 1998 election to the Rhode Island Senate, Fogarty was a member of the Glocester Town Council serving as president from 1997-1998. He has held several leadership positions during his time in the General Assembly, including deputy majority leader, and has served as chairman of the Senate Labor Committee since 2009.
Fogarty has said that he decided to step down after discussing the issue with his wife, Nancy. The couple has three adult children.
The announcement comes just as Fogarty, a Glocester resident, prepares to present a bill that would change the way the state Energy Facility Siting Board grants approval for power plants in Rhode Island. The bill, crafted with help from Burrillville Town Council President John Pacheco, has been sponsored in reaction to a controversial proposal by Invenergy, LLC to build a 1,000 megawatt power plant right next to George Washington State Forest.
The legislation is scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, May 24 around 5 p.m.
The longtime statesman has reportedly said that he’d like to encouraged other residents with new ideas to run for office.