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General Assembly Sworn In, Lombardi Begins Senate Career [VIDEO]

In a session full of pomp, circumstance, family and friends, the members of the 2013-14 General Assembly convene for the first time.

Former Cranston School Committee member Frank S. Lombardi officially began the next phase of his career in politics at a swearing-in ceremony at the Rhode Island State House today.

Lombardi was one of 75 state representatives to be sworn in during the New Year's Day ceremony and one of just eight new members of the Senate who took the oath of office.

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 Sen. Dawson Hodgson (R-E.G., N.K., S.K., Narr.), and Sen. Leonidas Raptakis (D-Coventry, E.G., W.G.).

Sen. Teresa Paiva-Weed (D-Newport, Jamestown) regained the presidency, with Hodgson casting the lone "nay" vote.

Joe Sousa. January 02, 2013 at 09:23 PM
Hold on to your wallet. Their back with a whole new list of ideas how to tax the public. Being the 49th.business friendly state isn't good enough. We want the worst . Add tolls and you will get your wish. People voting with their feet,businesses relocating. Good by RI.
Joe Jones January 03, 2013 at 02:59 AM
@ Joe Sousa....so hard to believe the people voted the same "crooked" people back to office on all levels!!! And the same leaders to boot...yikes are we in trouble...keep greasing the palms.... Happy New Year!
b kcaj January 03, 2013 at 03:41 AM
The good news is that convicted felons cannot serve in the general assembly, so that leaves out Joe Sousa.
Joe Sousa. January 03, 2013 at 10:57 AM
b kcaj, Being a convicted pedophile you would know.
b kcaj January 03, 2013 at 11:52 AM
How appropriate Joe, that you would make these comments on the Cranston Patch. You have to realize, even though you spent a good deal of time incarcerated at the ACI, that does not qualify you for Cranston residency.

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