You may know me as a former R.I. Supreme Court Justice, state-appointed Central Falls Receiver, Board of Regents chair, high-stakes business litigator, former professional ball player for the Detroit Tigers organization, graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law…
But before all of that I worked as a garbage man. And during my college and law school years, to fulfill my financial aid scholarship, I worked as a dishwasher, a bagger in a mattress factory, a truck driver, a delivery boy, and a grass cutter, among other jobs to make ends meet.
I grew up in humble beginnings in a working class family. I lived in a small cape home with seven brothers and sisters and one bathroom. My Dad worked in a plant that assembled planes and as a salesman for food distributors. I worked my way through school. I was the first in my family to graduate from college. I married my college sweetheart, and then had to spend our honeymoon money on car repairs. It was never easy. But we persevered. And through hard work, grit, and determination I was able to achieve the American Dream: founding my own small business law firm, raising my family here in Rhode Island, and serving my community as an elected town councilman, as a lawyer, and as a judge on our highest court.
I want to bring that same commitment and sense of making a positive difference to serving as your United States Senator for Rhode Island.
I have lived the American Dream and I want Rhode Island to experience that same success and prosperity. I know what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck. I know the value of hard work. I know many working R.I. families, small businesses, teachers, veterans, and every day people struggle to get by, never mind achieve the American Dream here in Rhode Island. We can do better. We must do better!
Thinking back to my first job riding on the back of a garbage truck on a hot summer day, it wasn’t always clear what the future had in store.
But I was determined to get the job done then, and I still am. Together, we can do it. We will prevail. We must prevail!
Thank you for joining me on my mission.