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Sheehan Seeking Sixth Term in State Senate

State Senator James Sheehan will seek re-election.

Can he make it six? State Senator James Sheehan has announced his bid for re-election in the State Senate this week, looking for his sixth term in District 36 representing Narragansett and North Kingstown.

First elected in November 2000, Sheehan began his career in the state legislature as a major opponent to the ill-gated mega-container port in Quonset. In the past 10 years, he has served on committees such as the Port Facilities Study Commissio, co-chair of the Joint Economic Development Committee, acting chair of the Senate Government Oversight Committee and vice chair of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services.

“My philosophy has always been to look to the issues that need to be addressed and work diligently toward practical solutions,” said Sheehan in a press release.  “In recent years, I have been focused on improving the state business climate, especially for small businesses, in order to generate good-paying jobs for residents of Rhode Island.”

His accomplishments during his tenure in the state legislature have ranged from sponsoring a law to allow new businesses to concurrently file for permits and licensing (streamlining and reducing the cost of the process), receiving an recognition from the National Federation of Independent for his work to support small businesses, among others.

A Democrat, Sheehan lives in North Kingstown and is a teacher in the Warwick Public School Department.

NK WATCH June 29, 2012 at 06:29 AM
6 terms????? Really????? Maybe it's time to move on.....TERM LIMITS! Sheehan is part of the problem in this state. Career politicians! It should be noted he spent his Monday night at the NK school committee meeting huddled up in the corner with the unions lawyer. He's for the people???? He also voted FOR binding arbitration for teachers contracts. Took his healthcare from the Warwick school department union and took a cash buy back for healthcare from his state senate position....all funded with taxpayer money.
Peter June 29, 2012 at 12:08 PM
On-point observations. Conflict of interest, anyone?
Jason Demers June 29, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Election season politics had begun.
Jason Demers June 29, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Senator Sheehan is part of the solution NK Watch! I am tired of the lies, half truths and garbage that rabid republicans spew. Sheehan not only does not take health insurance or the waiver, he refused the pay raise too!
Stan Lee June 29, 2012 at 05:47 PM
NK WATCH, People are really tired of extremists on both sides of the isle spouting vile lies and misinformation. Please, do your research. Senator Sheehan has waived his state provided health care for many years. He has also worked tirelessly for more open government by authoring the new Open Records Law in the Senate. Lastly, I too feel badly for the 26 custodians that have been laid off due to privatization. Another 26 families will now join the ranks of the unemployed or will have their very modest wages greatly reduced under private management. Yes, NK WATCH, perhaps you should run for office and fix all of our problems for us. Looking forward to your announcement…
NK_Voter June 29, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Kind of funny to read that you think NKW is a "rabid" republican....you may want to check a few of his posts...
NK_Voter June 29, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Perhaps the Senator should have worked tirelessly pushing through a taxpayer bill of rights rather than that wonderful piece of fluff known as the homeless bill of rights. Looking towards the futuree, however, I think the GA was prescient--if we keep going the way we are, we'll all be homeless and we'll need that "protection." :)
NK WATCH June 29, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Sheehan only started waving his state Senate health care two years ago when An article surfaced in the projo exposing him for what he was doing
NK WATCH June 29, 2012 at 11:41 PM
And oh By The Way, Mister Lee How was he an advocate for open and transparent government when he's a teacher down at the Statehouse voting on teacher legislation bills?????
Lotta Krapp June 30, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Interesting how a stay at home rich Republican wife wants to promote the business climate. Perhaps the reason is the 2 .5 million dollar business in MA and the Attleboros she and hubby own. She comes from money.She's not typical middle class who must work. I couldn't be a stay-at-home mother with my daughters.Ms McKendall needs to research her opponent instead of listening to that radio jerk Depetro to see that HE HAS helped with jobs, regulations and Quonset. She needs to learn what the binding arbitration law really says as well.It's last best offer, and either side can win. She uses Repub strategy saying busines suffers because money is going to teachers & union salaries.Ha! It's us and decreasing discretionary income that's suffering. She claims that since Sen Sheehan is a teacher, he must therefore side with union business. But she's doing the same thing. Her husband, owning Serve-pro, encouraged her to run so he can keep doubling his business as he has been doing for 12 years.He wants her to pay attention to RI's business climate.Remember 38 Studios? Now tell me, does she need a pension for her future? Does she even know that unions protect jobs so you don't wake up the next day and find out you've been replaced. Does she really understand daily middle class life? Her third child graduated from G Wash University.I couldn't afford to send my daughters there. And she claims she loves teachers as she sent daughter to Bayview-a private school. Such Republican hypocrisy
Jason Demers July 01, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Hey NK Watch, Senator Sheehan voted out in the open for conflict resolution legislation, a fair process that must take into account ability for community to afford. By the same token he voted to slash his own pension! Go figure! Voting for tranoarent government?! He authored on the Senate side the biggest piece of good government legislation (Access to Public Records). Read what Commin Cause, ACLU, The Press Association, PBN, etc said about it. Guess that's a conspiracy too! You radical Republucans can NEVER see anything good about anyone. It's all about your agenda, truth be damned!
Govstench July 15, 2012 at 11:48 AM
But he votes for every teacher related bill that comes before him. He has also supported binding arbitration for teachers (wages) several times. His "chartering a new course" has run out of steam. He needs to go!
Dark star July 15, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Sheenhan is a bleeding-heat liberal doing everything possible to help teachers unions, pass worthless, pandering "Bills of Rights", ignores small business and taxpayers. McKendall is a conservative, will pay attention to small business, job creation and taxpayers. @Lotta, do you hate everyone that is more successful than you, or just conservatives?
Stan Lee July 15, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Senator Sheehan has fought for conservative issues such as E-Verify that aims to ensure that jobs are there for Americans as opposed to illegal immigrants. He has also been an avid supporter of voter ID to ensure that the right to vote is reserve for citizens only. However, it has been business groups such as the “RI Chamber of Commerce” that help to thwart the passage of E-Verify year after year in the General Assembly. Go figure….

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