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1/5/2021 Rep. Batista sworn in as General Assembly convenes
STATE HOUSE — Rep. Jose Batista was formally sworn into office Tuesday, Jan. 5, as the 2021-22 session of the Rhode Island General Assembly convened.

Representative Batista (D-Dist. 12, Providence) was one of 14 new members of the House of Representatives who took the oath of office, which was administered to all 75 House members by Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea.

The House of Representatives began its legislative year today meeting at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence to provide greater social distance than is possible at the State House, which is closed to the public during the pandemic. The session also included the election of Rep. K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick) as the speaker of the House.

A former public defender, Representative Batista operates a solo law practice in South Providence, his lifelong home, where he grew up as the oldest of six children of immigrants from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. He attended Providence Public Schools from K-12 and graduated from Classical High School in 2006, Bryant University in 2011 and Roger Williams University School of Law in 2014.

For more information, contact:
Meredyth R. Whitty, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-1923