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5/16/2017 Rep. Craven named to Special Legislative Commission on Defense Economy Planning
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Robert E. Craven (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown), Chairman of the House Committee on Labor, has been named to the Special Legislative Commission on Defense Economy Planning by House of Representatives Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston) and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, North Providence, Providence).  Representative Craven is replacing Rep. Stephen R. Ucci (D-Dist. 42, Johnston, Cranston) on the commission.

“I am excited to participate in this vital commission that protects one of Rhode Island’s most successful and critical industries.  Electric Boat resides within my district so I am well aware of the positive impacts its presence here in Rhode Island creates for the state and the nation.  I thank Speaker Mattiello and President Ruggerio for this opportunity and I am looking forward to working alongside my colleagues on the commission,” said Representative Craven.

Established in 2010, the Special Legislative Commission on Defense Economy Planning is tasked with recommending ways to preserve and protect the state’s defense economy and military installations.  The defense industry is one of Rhode Island’s most important economic sectors, directly employing more than 16,000 high skill, high wage employees.

Members of the commission include Co-Chairs Rep. Deborah L. Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown) and Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton), Rep. Marvin L. Abney (D-Dist. 73, Newport, Middletown), Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy (D-Dist. 38, Hopkinton, Westerly), House Minority Leader Patricia L. Morgan (R-Dist. 26, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick), Sen. Walter S. Felag, Jr. (D-Dist. 10, Warren, Bristol, Tiverton), Sen. James C. Sheehan (D-Dist. 36, North Kingstown, Narragansett), Sen. James A. Seveney (D-Dist. 11, Portsmouth, Bristol, Tiverton), and Senate Minority Leader Dennis L. Algiere (R-Dist. 38, Westerly, Charlestown, South Kingstown), and representatives of the defense industry, chambers of commerce, academia and state agencies.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903