Friday, March 22, 2013
Senator Dawson Hodgson speaks out in favor of same-sex marriage at hearings Thursday night.
By midnight Thursday, people were still testifying for and against the same-sex marriage legislation (S-38) before the state Senate Judiciary Committee. More than 600 people signed up to testify and in groups of four they were called up. Both of East Greenwich's state senators sit on the Judiciary Committee. Sen. Dawson Hodgson (R-E.G., N.K., S.K., Narr.), early on spoke out in favor of the legislation: "If Rhode Islanders truly believe in family values, we need to value all families." To the comments from some that the legislation harms marriage, Hodgson said, "No matter what this committee does, it won't touch your marriage. That's one of the nice things about the separation of church and state." Sen. Lou Raptakis (D-Coventry, E.G., W.W…
Monday, February 4, 2013
Senator Dawson Hodgson decries the Senate's "lack of urgency" when it comes to voting on same sex marriage and other bills.
One month into the General Assembly's 2013 session, things haven't changed very much from this point two years ago, according to Sen. Dawson Hodgson (R-Dist. 35). "We’re about a month in, we’ve only had one or two calendars since inauguration day," Hodgson said, referring to days in which there's formal action on a bill. "This is the time of year when we show up and there’s no bill pending, there’s no votes ... on state business." Hodgson said inaction on same-sex marriage is one reason for the Senate's seeming "lack of urgency." "Whether you support same sex marriage or oppose it … these are deeply held motiviations and they are profound on both sides. For my colleagues who are deeply engaged on this issue on both sides, they deserve to …
Monday, October 22, 2012
The Republican Senator for District 35 is running for re-election.
As a member of the small Republican minority in the state Senate, Dawson Hodgson said his job isn’t to rack up lots of big legislative accomplishments. Rather, Hodgson sees his role as setting the stage for fundamental change in Rhode Island state government. "The payoff for what I'm doing now is going to be long, long after I'm gone," he said. Hodgson, who is running for re-election to Senate Dist. 35 against Democrat Winters B. Hames III, lives in North Kingstown with his wife and two young sons on the farm that’s part of the family turf business, Sodco. A lawyer, he spent four years working in the state Attorney General’s office before deciding to run for state Senate two years ago. Today, he helps to manage the turf business. He's …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Dawson Tucker Hodgson is running for re-election, for a second term in the Senate.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Name : Dawson Tucker Hodgson Date of birth : July 10, 1978 Place of residence : North Kingstown College : Bucknell University Degree : B.A. Year of graduation : 2000 University : University of Connecticut School of Law Degree : J.D. Year of graduation : 2004 Job titles held : Criminal Prosecutor Employers : Rhode Island Department of Attorney General Party affiliation : Republican Running for position: Senate District 35 Incumbent: Yes First elected: November 2, 2010 Previous elective offices : NA Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA URLs Website : www.DawsonHodgson.com Twitter : @DawsonHodgson Facebook : Dawson Hodgson Youtube : http://www.youtube.com/SenatorDawsonHodgson Dawson Hodgson was elected to the Rhode Island Senate on Nov…
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Senator Dawson Hodgson, who now represents South Kingstown and Narragansett, will seek a second term.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
State Senator Dawson Hodgson today filed papers with the North Kingstown Board of Canvassers, officially declaring his intention to seek a second term in the Rhode Island Senate. “I am proud of the reputation I have earned as a conscientious and diligent senator who stands up to be counted when it matters most for Rhode Island,” Hodgson said in an announcement e-mailed to constituents. “I have been engaged on nearly substantive issue to come before the legislature during my term, and I am confident that my record accords with the vision of leadership I’ve articulated since I was elected in 2010 – we must have clean, competent government for Rhode Island, and foster an environment that promotes job growth. The results of the current …
Monday, March 19, 2012
Among the bills he's introduced, one would abolish the Caruolo Act. Another would offer merit "bonuses" for some teachers.
Dawson Hodgson, the Republican state senator from North Kingstown, spent his first year in office learning the ropes — “playing defense and being a vocal opponent of bad ideas.” This year, he said, he plans to take a more proactive role, from attempting to abolish the act that gives school committees the right to sue towns, to offering $1,000 bonuses to teachers whose students earn AP credits. “I’m attempting to implement more policy changes,” Hodgson said in an recent interview. He’s introduced six what he calls “substantive” bills this session, this despite a bout of pneumonia a month ago that landed him in the hospital for two days. He’s recovered but said he tires more quickly than usual, joking that the Democrats have been enjoying a …