McGaw (D) was elected on Nov. 3, 2020, to represent the people of District 71
in Portsmouth, Tiverton and Little Compton. She is a member of the House State
Government and Elections Committee and the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee,
and also serves on the House Task Force for the COVID-19 Vaccine.
In her first year in the
House, Representative McGaw introduced numerous bills, including one to require the state’s Energy
Facility Siting Board to deny applications for power
plants that would adversely affect
Rhode Island’s ability to meet its carbon-emissions-reduction goals. Another of
her bills would allow
vehicle registrations to last 30 days instead of 20 for dealer sales
or just two for private sales, to account for long waits for Division of Motor
She is a 1984 graduate of St. Paul Catholic High School and graduated from University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy in 1989. She is a consultant pharmacist serving the long-term care community.
Representative McGaw is a
member of the Portsmouth Democratic Town Committee, and served on the
Portsmouth Waste and Recycling Committee and the 2020 Portsmouth Charter Review
Committee. She is a former board member for the Rhode Island Democratic Women’s
Caucus. She was involved in youth recreation and local Little League baseball
for many years and continues to volunteer with the Portsmouth Little League
A resident of Portsmouth for more than 30 years, Representative McGaw and her husband James are the parents of two adult sons, Jake and Max.