Paiva Weed wins caucus endorsement for Senate president
M. Teresa Paiva Weed, the Rhode Island Senate majority leader and Jamestown senator, won the endorsement of fellow Democrats on Monday night to hold the position of Senate president when the full Senate returns to session in January.
Although the vote is not a binding vote and must be deciding on by the full Senate, the Democrats control 33 of 38 seats in the senate almost ensuring Paiva Weed the position.
Paiva Weed garnered 30 out of 33 possible votes to win the endorsement, making her the first women who will hold the title.
"I am very humbled by the endorsement of my fellow senators," Paiva Weed said. "The defeat of Joe Montalbano on election night was unexpected, so I did not expect or prepare for this ahead of time."
Paiva Weed said her focus will be to move forward quickly on economic issues facing the state. "Getting an early supplemental budget from the governor is priority. I would like the opportunity to meet with the governor to map out steps we can take to ensure the best possible outcome."
She said it was very meaningful and overwhelming to her to earn a place in legislative history as the first women president of the Rhode Island Senate.