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Brian Patrick Kennedy is a resident of Westerly and has been honored to serve for 28 years in the Rhode Island House of Representatives. At the present time, he is the Chairman of the House Committee on Corporations and the Co-Chairman of the Permanent Joint Committee on Healthcare Oversight.

Brian is the owner of Kennedy Realty & Appraisal in Ashaway. He was educated in the Chariho Regional School district and received a Masters degree in Business Administration from Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major from Providence College. Brian is an active member of many state and local community organizations including the RI Academic Decathlon and the Cox Charitable Foundation.

Brian is the sponsor of numerous consumer protection laws dealing with telemedicine and healthcare as well as insurance issues that benefit our military, homeowners, and the business community.  He worked to pass legislation for oversight of the COPAR quarry, sponsored proposals to address concerns of businesses, and is a strong advocate for the people in his legislative district. 

Representative Samuel A. Azzinaro 


​Chairman, House Rules Committee
Vice Chairman, House Health, Education and Welfare Committee
Vice Chairman, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee

Working Together for Westerly’s Future

Samuel A. Azzinaro (D) has served the residents of District 37 in Westerly since his election in November 2008. Rep. Azzinaro is a Deputy Majority Leader as well as the chairman of the House Rules Committee. He is also the vice chairman of both the House Health, Education and Welfare Committee and the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

During the 2015 legislative session, Rep. Azzinaro had several pieces of legislation pass the General Assembly and become law. This included a bill he sponsored which mandates the development of a transition plan by the state for all children under the jurisdiction of the Family Court who are developmentally delayed or seriously emotionally disturbed prior to age 21. Another piece of legislation that became law increases the permissible funeral expense for a veteran who dies at the Veterans' Home from $5,000 to $10,000. He also sponsored successful legislation that expands the Division of Public Utilities and Carriers’ authority to adopt safety standards related to pipeline facilities including storage, transportation and distribution of natural gas and flammable gas.

Rep. Azzinaro has helped to obtain state support and private assistance to bring a planned campus of Community College of Rhode Island to downtown Westerly. He recruited Electric Boat to serve as an anchor tenant for the facility, which will include a job skills training center and 18 academic classrooms.

During the 2013-14 session, he sponsored legislation enacted into law that makes stealing farm products and livestock a crime and, depending on the value of the stolen items, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. The House also passed his resolution calling on the Office of Energy Resources to issue a report describing the state’s energy security and improvement opportunities. He was also the author of legislation, now law, that allows liquor stores to open at 10 a.m. on Sundays, enabling businesses in Westerly to compete with Connecticut stores. He also sponsored a law which prohibits price gouging of essential commodities during an emergency. Representative Azzinaro, who previously won a fight to keep the Division of Motor Vehicles’ branch open in Westerly, convinced DMV officials in 2014 to offer drivers’ tests in South County as well.

Rep. Azzinaro previously served for 12 years on the Westerly Town Council, including four years as its President.

He served in the National Guard for four years and was active in the Army Reserve for two years and inactive in the Army Reserve for two years as well. He was a Staff Sergeant E6.

Rep. Azzinaro was born on January 29, 1943. The father of five is a retired textile worker, business owner and carpenter and resides in Westerly with his wife, Carol. They are the parents of five children: Tami Algiere, Amy Azzinaro, Lori Gulluscio, Samuel J. Azzinaro and Mary Azzinaro-Banks.

20 Piezzo Drive
Westerly, RI 02891
(401) 596-1434

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