O'Grady won't seek re-election

O'Grady won't seek re-election

LINCOLN – State Rep. Jeremiah O’Grady announced Friday that he will not seek re-election to a fifth term representing House District 46 in Lincoln and Pawtucket.

“It has been an honor to represent District 46 for the last eight years, and the citizens of Lincoln in elected or appointed office for 13 of the 17 years, I have called this town home,” O’Grady said. “But it is time for me to step aside.”

O’Grady’s service in the General Assembly focused on issues directly impacting municipal fiscal stability, states a news release. He led a successful effort in 2013 to partially restore the Rhode Island Historic Preservation Tax Credit program and sponsored legislation allowing the Saylesville Fire District to acquire the defunct Lonsdale Fire District in 2017. O’Grady also led a commission to study cost burden disparities between traditional public and charter schools. The findings of the O’Grady Commission were incorporated in a 2016 budget article revising the charter school tuition calculation to take these disparities into account.

O’Grady was first elected to the General Assembly in November 2010 and was re-elected in 2012, 2014, and 2016. Prior to his service in the House, O’Grady served as a member of the Lincoln Town Council for two terms and was its president from 2007 to 2009. He also served as a member of the Lincoln Budget Board and was elected town moderator at the 2010 Financial Town Meeting.

“I want to thank my wife Beth for both encouraging me to run and for picking up the slack when I wasn’t home in the evenings,” O’Grady said. “I look forward to spending more time with her, my daughter Anna, and my son Declan.”

Comments

It has been my honor to work closely with Representative O'Grady for the past twelve years in his service on the Town Council, Budget Board, and as a State Representative.

Rep O'Grady has always remained a steadfast advocate for the Town of Lincoln and always gave careful and balanced consideration to those issues impacting our community.

I wish nothing but the very best for him and his family in the future.