Americans experienced one of the most exciting and historic presidential elections ever in November. And while the election did not turn out as we had hoped, it should inspire us stay involved and work as hard as we can, at all levels of government, to rebuild and strengthen our Democratic Party.
Much was at stake in this past election and much still remains to be seen. President Obama led the country through some of its most difficult times: he rebuilt our economy in the aftermath of the banking and housing crises, created jobs, provided health care to millions of Americans, and above all, gave us hope. We will miss him terribly, and history will surely give witness to greatness.
For the many local, state and Congressional Democrats who did win in November, congratulations. Your hard work and clear message resonated with voters and your election was well earned. We are proud to work with you in the days and months ahead, and to assist you, however we may.
In the meantime, I wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season, and offer my very best wishes for 2017.
Rhode Island Representative District 19
Chairman, Rhode Island Democratic Party
Elected Chairman in October 2014, Joseph McNamara was elected to the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 1994 from District 19 in Warwick. He has served as Chairman of the House Health, Education and Welfare Committee for the past 12 years.
McNamara holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University and a Master's degree in Education from Providence College. He is a retired Pawtucket public school administrator.