Stating she looks forward "to new challenges that inspire and motivate me," Sen. Beatrice Lanzi (D-Dist. 26) announced yesterday that she will not seek re-election to the Rhode Island Senate this November.
"I am proud of the accomplishments we have made together. I look forward to new challenges that inspire and motivate me,” said Senator Lanzi. “I have decided that after serving 20 years in the Rhode Island Legislature, I will not seek re-election to the Senate. I want to express my profound gratitude to the many neighbors and constituents who have worked closely with me and provided me with their input, support and friendship over the years."
Lanzi touted her work that established her as a national leader on the issue of teen dating violence prevention and education. She was the sponsor fo the Lindsay Ann Burke Act, "an effort to educate middle school and high school students about the dangers of dating violence," Lanzi said. She has been a regular participant in "Time to Talk Day," a radio broadcast of dialog on the issue and was the recipient of the 2012 Crystal award as well a Champion for Change award by the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Lanzi also noted legislation she sponsored that addressed nursing home abuse, social security and identity theft legislation and a law that enables college students to get a bachelors degree in three years.
Serving 10 years in the House of Representatives and 10 years in the Senate, Lanzi has been on dozens of committees including the Labor, Corporations, Special Legislation, Environment and Agriculture, Education, Finance and the Senate Rules Committee.
"It has been a distinct honor and privilege to serve the residents of Cranston in the Rhode Island Legislature. I was humbled to be first elected to serve as a State Representative when I was 25 years old and I have been honored to serve continuously in the Legislature as both a Representative and a Senator for two decades. I thank the residents of Cranston for their support, guidance and friendship."
She will also be remembered for the “Lanzi Grant,” which provides for free tuition for disabled veterans at state the state university and colleges and she has been recognized by the Disabled Veterans for this important measure. She was also the primary sponsor of the Safe Schools Act, a new law which focuses on education as a means for preventing cyber-bullying and bullying in schools.
“Serving in elective office has been tremendously rewarding and it has given me the opportunity to work with people from across the state and nation on many different issues that have had a direct positive impact on our state over the last two decades,” said Senator Lanzi. “I have been proud to serve with hardworking and dedicated local, state and national officials from both political parties. We have collaborated and worked together effectively.”