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Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee Announces Richard Licht as Choice for DOA Director—11/15/2010

Providence, R.I.–Governor-elect Lincoln D. Chafee today announced that he will nominate former Lieutenant Governor Richard Licht to be Director of the Department of Administration. Licht, an attorney with the law firm of Adler Pollock Sheehan in Providence, is also a former State Senator, and former Chair of the Board of Governors for Higher Education.

At a press conference marking the announcement of his first cabinet selection, Governor-elect Chafee cited Licht’s extensive experience, drive and ability to think innovatively about government as the traits that drew him to nominate Licht.

“Richard Licht is a proven and trusted leader who shares my vision of a state government that will be more efficient, less costly and more accessible,” stated Chafee. “I look forward to working closely with him as we begin the task of making our state services citizen-centered and affordable to our taxpayers.”

“I am delighted to have this opportunity to serve Rhode Island once again and I am truly humbled at the confidence Governor-elect Chafee has placed in me to help him address the daunting challenges that face our state,” stated Licht. “The Department of Administration is the engine that makes the machinery of our state government run.”

Licht’s nomination, and that of all other department directors, will be submitted to the State Senate for advice and consent next month. Licht, a Providence native, is a graduate of the Moses Brown School, and earned an A.B. in economics from Harvard College, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an LL.M. in taxation from the Boston University School of Law. He clerked for Rhode Island Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Roberts before serving as State Senator from 1975-1984. From 1985-1989, Licht was the state’s first full-time Lieutenant Governor, and he served on the Board of Governors for Higher Education from 1991-1997, including three years as Chairman. He is currently a Partner with Adler, Pollock & Sheehan, and has served on numerous charitable and civic boards and commissions. For further information, please see attached C.V.



Contact: Mike Trainor November 15, 2010 Office: 401-222-4029 Cell: 401-252-1097

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