*From January 2009 until January 2014, I served as the Rhode Island State representative from District 75 - Newport. It was a great experience. I have now moved onto other interesting activities. During the winter of 2015, I worked with my friend, Ken Dooley on the production of a book 'Relentless Pursuit' .

Both of these projects have been based on my successful work in the House of Representatives. The book is about the 39th Fighter Squadron activities during WWII and the honors that we were able to get for 2nd Lt. Robert Thorpe.

The 39th Fighter Squadron - "Relentless Pursuit"

Author Ken Dooley and I are happy and proud to have combined our experiences; his as a noted author and playright, and mine as designer and computer specialist, to have written and produced a book about World War II, Relentless Pursuit - the Untold Story of the U.S. 5th Air Force's 39th Fighter Squadron.

This started as a simple request to get honors for 2nd Lt Robert Thorpe. It quickly became a more encompassing book about the 39th Fighter Squadron activities in the Pacific theatre during WWII.

For more information, click on this link

The Pardon of John Gordon

I learned about this case by attending a stage play, "The Murder Trial of John Gordon," which ran at the Park Theatre in Cranston, RI during January and February of 2011. John Gordon, was an Irish immigrant who was hanged in 1845 for a murder which many knowledgeable people believe that he did not commit. I was asked to submit a resolution to the Rhode Island House of Representatives which would ask the Governor to grant Gordon a pardon.

On June 29, 2011, based on a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Governor Chafee granted the pardon to John Gordon. There was a 'John Gordon Memorial Weekend' in October of 2011, consisting of a celebration on the 8th at the St. Mary's Cemetery and on the 9th at the Rhode Island Irish Famine Memorial.

For more information, click on this link .

Honors for 2nd Lt Robert Thorpe

Following the pardon of John Gordon, I was asked what I thought could be done to bring honors to 2nd Lt. Robert Thorpe, a Rhode Island native who was 'shot down and executed' by the Japanese in WWII. His sacrifice, at the age of 20, had never been given official recognition. I worked with the House Veterans Affairs Committee and the Permanent House Veterans Advisory Council to bring honors to Lt. Thorpe. As a result, he was posthumously awarded the Rhode Island Star, the highest military honor granted by the State of Rhode Island at the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery in Exeter, RI on Memorial Day 2013.

During the winter of 2015, I worked with my friend, Ken Dooley on the production of a book 'Relentless Pursuit' .

For more information, click on this link.

House of Representatives - District 75

Information about my other accomplishments, and some unexpected public recognition that I received, during my time in office has been provided in the District 75 section of this website. For more information, click on this link.

For a photographic tours of District 75 - Newport, and for a little review of your French, click here: Newport en Francais

Old Colony & Newport Railway

As one can see from the Photo Collections section, I live very close to the Newport railroad track. Since returning home in 2000, I have spend a lot of my time doing volunteer work for the Old Colony & Newport Railway. Many of my better railroad photos can be seen on New England Railroad Photo Archives. I have also built a 20 page brochure and a PowerPoint presentation for trade shows.

For about 6 years until I ran for office, I served as a qualified engineer and brakeman for the tourist runs. This was mentioned in a news article in 2007

Community Planning 

Attention Bike Path seekers: The information which was referred to in the Newport article on the proposed Aquidneck Island Bike path can be found in the "Community Planning" section of this website. The initial information for that survey was posted in 2003. The interest lives on!

In the Arena: "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena...' Theodore Roosevelt as quoted by Joe Paolino.