Rumors were swirling around the Rhode Island State House Tuesday afternoon with talk that Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed (D – District 13, Jamestown, Newport) is poised to step down from the Rhode Island State Senate to become the president of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island. Multiple State House sources have confirmed to Newport Buzz that these rumors are true.
Ian Donnis from RIPR reports that Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio and Senate Finance Chairman Michael McCaffrey are poised to take control of senate leadership as early as Wednesday.
Senator Paiva Weed, 57, was first elected to the Rhode Island Senate in 1992. In November 2009, she was elected the first female President of the Rhode Island State Senate. Senator Paiva Weed was re-elected President in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.