Common Cause Rhode Island gives Excellence in Public Service award to Senator Sheehan
STATE HOUSE —Sen. James C. Sheehan (D-Dist. 36, North Kingstown, Narragansett) has received the prestigious Excellence in Public Service Award from Common Cause Rhode Island, a government watchdog organization.
Introduced by Distinguished Professor of Business Administration Edward M. Mazze of the University of Rhode Island, and former director of Common Cause Rhode Island H. Phillip West, Senator Sheehan accepted the award for leadership in pursuing an open, ethical, accountable and effective government during the 49th annual meeting of Common Cause Rhode Island Monday night at the Renaissance Hotel in Providence.
“Jim has led the charge for making Rhode Island a much better place in terms of setting an ethical code for government,” said Mazze. “He has introduced a lot of legislation that’s been very positive for economic development.”
“I’ve only met a handful of public figures who regularly and consistently try to make genuine reforms,” said West. “During the decades-long battle for separation of powers, Senator Sheehan worked long hours both publicly and behind the scenes to fight centuries of legislative control.”
“It’s a great honor to receive this award from Common Cause, an organization that works hard to make government work better for the people,” said Senator Sheehan. “Democracy is not what we are, it’s what we do. It’s incumbent upon everyone to ensure that this republic survives.”
For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903