Brian Patrick Kennedy

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Brian Patrick Kennedy is a Westerly resident who has been honored to serve the people in the 38th District for 30 years in the Rhode Island House of Representatives. He is Speaker Pro Tempore of the House, the Dean of the House and the past Chairman of the House Committee on Corporations as well as a member of the House Rules Committee.

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 including consumer privacy of personal information, tighter regulation of credit reporting agencies and placing consumer protections on non-regulated power suppliers to protect RI residents who choose an alternative electricity supplier. In addition, he created the law to allow telemedicine in the State to provide RI citizens with greater access to healthcare providers. He has authored numerous insurance laws that benefit our military, homeowners and the business community, including providing consumers with plain and simple disclosure of homeowner insurance deductibles for storm-related damage.  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 Veterans’ Affair Committee
Member, House Committee on Rules (former Chairman)
Member, House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare (former Vice Chairman)

Samuel A. Azzinaro has served the residents of District 37 since the 2008 election.

Representative Azzinaro sponsored the following legislation:  

  • To allow children with disabilities who are enrolled in post-secondary or transitional education programs administered by local educational agencies  to continue in the program until the end of the school year even if the student reaches the age of 21 during the school year
  • To establish the Dorian J Murray Foundation license plate
  • To exempt social security income from taxation
  • To decrease automobile taxes
  • To provide free college tuition for eligible students
  • To increase the minimum wage to $10.50 in January 2019
  • To provide free bus rides for low-income riders who are elderly or disabled

Representative Azzinaro was instrumental in creating the new Higher Education Training Center in Westerly.  This school has been a phenomenal success and is being used as a model for a similar school in Woonsocket. Representative Azzinaro previously served for 12 years on the Westerly Town Council, with four years as President. He was recently honored at the Westerly Armory for his invaluable service to community, state and nation. He received the Navigation award from the RI Farm Bureau and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Legislative award in recognition of his constant advocacy for Veterans issues at the State House.

Representative Azzinaro was honored to join 50 WWII and Korean War Veterans for the 15th RI Honor Flight to Washington, D. C.  Azzinaro, a veteran of the National Guard and Army Reserves, has been a tireless advocate for our state’s veterans, fighting to make sure that they have the support and services they need after returning home from defending our freedom. Chairman Azzinaro sponsored legislation which later became law designating October 23rd as a day to commemorate the nine RI Marines killed in the 1983 terrorist attack in Beirut, Lebanon. Currently his committee is working on a plan to erect a monument in Providence to honor these Marines.  He also sponsored a bill that creates a 13-member special legislative commission to study veteran and military spouse education and employment opportunities.

Representative Azzinaro was born in1943. He is a retired textile supervisor, business owner and carpenter.  He resides in Westerly with his wife, Carol.  They have five children, ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

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