Former Sen. Lyle makes GOP bid for House 46

Former Sen. Lyle makes GOP bid for House 46

LINCOLN – Former Sen. Jack Lyle this week officially announced that he is seeking the Republican nomination to run for the House of Representatives District 46 seat being vacated by Rep. Jeremiah O’Grady.

Lyle, a Republican, served five terms in the Rhode Island Senate and stepped aside in 1994 to focus on his career as an educator and attorney.  

“The time has come to get back into the business of representing the citizens of Pawtucket and Lincoln at the Statehouse,” he said in a release.

Lyle’s professional career includes 24 years as a classroom teacher and administrator at Lincoln High School, six years as the principal at Central Falls High School and two years as the superintendent of schools on Block Island.  

In addition, he serves as an “of-counsel” member of the Providence law firm LaPlante, Sowa and Goldman, and has been an arbitrator through the National Center for Dispute Settlement.

“I have been really encouraged by the support that I have received in reaching out to local and state leaders as well as my family, friends and neighbors while contemplating this run,” he said. “There are a host of issues that I am concerned about, such as the infrastructure of our schools, the UHIP disaster, budgetary scooping of various state programs including our 911 call system, and restructuring DCYF which must be addressed.

“As one who has experienced being a member of the loyal opposition, I know the importance of working across party lines in order to build bridges to drive our state forward,” he added.

Lyle noted that O’Grady has served the people of our district with distinction.  

“His level, patient, thoughtful approach has resulted in meaningful achievements,” he said.

“After being away from the General Assembly for 24 years, it appears that time to jump off of the bench and get back into the game,” he concluded.