NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The president of the Rhode Island Senate has a new chief of staff.

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed said Thursday that she has named Thomas L. Papa to the post.

Papa has worked as the associate director of the government relations firm F/S Capitol Consulting, LLC since 2009. He was previously a legislative agent for the Rhode Island State Association of Fire Fighters. He retired from the Woonsocket Fire Department as a captain.

Papa replaces Thomas Coderre. Coderre was chosen by the Obama administration to be a senior adviser at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Papa says he looks forward to serving the people of Rhode Island.


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