Statements on retirement of Congressman James Langevin



STATE HOUSE, Providence – Below are statements from members of Senate leadership regarding Congressman James Langevin’s announcement today that he will not be seeking reelection:


President of the Senate Dominick J. Ruggerio said, “Congressman James Langevin has served Rhode Island with dedication and distinction. He has been a steady, pragmatic and unifying voice during an era of increasing partisanship, someone who truly puts people over politics. He has made a tremendous difference on issues such as rights for disabled Americans, cybersecurity, and support for our servicemen and women. My Senate colleagues and I thank him for his decades of public service and wish him the very best.”


Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey said, “As a resident of Warwick and a fellow graduate of Bishop Hendricken High School, I’ve known Congressman Langevin for decades. He overcame enormous personal adversity to become an inspiration to many. The day he presided over the U.S. House of Representatives was a proud day for all of us in Warwick. To his neighbors and constituents, he is known as a deeply compassionate person and a model of service. He will be sorely missed.”


Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin said, “Jim Langevin and I have been personal friends since we served together as delegates to Rhode Island’s last Constitutional Convention while we were both students at Rhode Island College. In the years since, he has served Rhode Island as a member of the General Assembly, as Secretary of State, and as a Congressman. Throughout his years in public life, no matter the position or office he held, his commitment to his community has never waned. His decency, dignity and devotion to Rhode Island are an example for us all. Thank you, Congressman Langevin, for your service to our state and our nation.” 


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