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Rep. Joseph M. McNamara
Nov. 13, 2013
Rep. Joseph M. McNamara will receive the distinction of Education Champion during CCRI's annual Changing Lives Celebration on Dec. 12.
Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D) represents District 19 in Warwick and Cranston. First elected in November 1994, he is the chairman of the Health, Education and Welfare Committee.
In 2012, McNamara was the sponsor of successful legislation that requires a background check for people seeking to participate in mentoring programs. His Statewide Virtual Education Act was signed into law last year to promote the use of virtual courses as part of public education in the state. He is a member of the New England Board of Higher Education.
He was one of two House members to receive the Rhode Island Hospitality Association’s Hospitality Ambassadors of the Year Award in 2012, being cited for his legislation affecting trans-fats in foods. Also in 2012, he was honored with the Thomas A. Lamb Home Advocacy Award by the Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care; the Tracey A. Kennedy Leadership in Advocacy Award by the Rhode Island affiliate of the American Heart Association; and was recognized by the American Cancer Society for Lifetime Achievement in Tobacco Control.
McNamara has a long history of service through his involvement with a number of organizations. He is a member of the Irish Social Club, the former president of the Governors Golf League and is a member of the Warwick Firefighters Association. He also previously served as an explorer adviser for the Boy Scouts of America and the Committee Chairman of Pack 4. Additionally he is involved with Save The Bay, the Gaspee Day Committee, the Wyman P.T.A and the Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scouts.
McNamara is a retired educator, previously serving as director of the Pawtucket School Department’s Alternative Learning Program. He received his Master of Education degree from Providence College. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Boston University and graduated from Pilgrim High School in Warwick.