STATE HOUSE – Rep. Paul V. Sherlock, a Warwick legislator who is now in his 25th year in the General Assembly, has been elected chair of the House Finance Committee.
“I am honored that my colleagues have chosen me to fill such an important position,” said Representative Sherlock, who represents District 20 in Warwick. “I look forward to tackling the many issues that face us in the upcoming year, such as creating a fiscally sound budget and debating legislation that would impact the state’s finances.”
Representative Sherlock previously served as vice chairman of the House Finance Committee, and continues to co-chair the Special House Commission to Study Gaming with Majority Leader Gordon D. Fox.
First elected to the House of Representatives in 1978, Representative Sherlock has consistently sponsored legislation to improve the education system in Rhode Island – particularly that of special education programs. During the 2002 session, he authored a report detailing the state of special education programs in Rhode Island and goals that should be met.
He is professor emeritus of special education at Rhode Island College. He serves is vice chair of the New England Board of Higher Education and vice chair of the Higher Education Assistance Authority.
“The upcoming year will be a very busy one for the Finance Committee, and for the General Assembly as a whole,” said Representative Sherlock. “I look forward to tackling all the tough issues and making the right decisions on behalf of all the citizens of Rhode Island.”
Sherlock, 72, lives in Warwick with his wife Ann.