July 7, 2016 10:07PM
By Cynthia Drummond Sun staff writer
HOPKINTON – State Sen. Elaine Morgan will seek another term in the Rhode Island Senate.
Morgan, a Republican who lives in Ashaway, represents District 34, comprising Hopkinton, Richmond, Charlestown Exeter and West Greenwich.
Morgan, who declined to provide her age, is the owner of Ashaway Dry Cleaning. A former Hopkinton town sergeant, Morgan currently serves on the Senate Committee on Special Legislation and Veterans Affairs, the Committee on Commerce, and the Commission on Women and Girls. She is also the Treasurer of the Hopkinton Republican Town Committee.
A conservative group, the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, has named Morgan the top legislator in the Rhode Island General Assembly.
Among her accomplishments during her first term, Morgan lists restoring the categorical transportation funds to regional school districts.
“One major accomplishment is my ability to work bipartisan with the local governments within my districts to advance municipal goals,” she said in a written statement.
Morgan also noted that she had supported oversight of the General Assembly by the Ethics Commission, passed legislation for Charlestown to provide for a property tax exemption to veterans and their widows or widowers and passed laws to protect neighborhoods in Charlestown and Westerly by empowering the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management to control fugitive dust from the Copar Quarry.
“Tax reductions for our seniors and veterans were realized in the last two budgets,” Morgan added. “ I supported legislation which requires health care providers to give veterans their medical records at no cost.”
Morgan, who opposes the state transit hub planned for Exit 1 off Interstate 95, also opposed RhodeMap RI, which opened the door to truck tolls.
“I was one of the leading opposition voices to the RhodeWorks truck tolling plan and worked to develop a funding alternative to fix our roads and bridges using wasteful tax dollars already in the state’s budget,” she said in her statement.
Morgan, who defeated Democrat Catherine Cool Rumsey in 2014, will face her again in November. Cool Rumsey announced in May that she would try to reclaim her seat. Morgan said she looked forward to serving a second term.
“I’ve worked my hardest to represent the people of my district,” she said. “I think the first two years went well, and I’m looking forward to representing the district in the future.”