M. Teresa Paiva-Weed

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Teresa Paiva-Weed
President of the Rhode Island Senate
Assumed office
January 6, 2009
Preceded by Joseph Montalbano
Member of the Rhode Island Senate
from the 13th district
Assumed office
January 1993
Preceded by  ???
Personal details
Born (1959-11-05) November 5, 1959 (age 55)
Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mark Weed (Deceased 2009)
Alma mater Providence College
Catholic University of America
Religion Roman Catholicism

M. Teresa Paiva-Weed (b. November 5, 1959) is a Democratic member of the Rhode Island Senate, representing the 13th District (Jamestown and Newport) since 2002 and the 49th District (Jamestown, Middletown, and Newport) from 1992 to 2002. In November 2008, she was elected President of the Senate. She was Majority Leader from 2004 to 2008.

Early life and education[edit]

Paiva-Weed was born on November 5, 1959 at the Newport Naval Hospital, the daughter of Arthur and Marie Paiva. She was raised in Newport and attended Rogers High School from 1973 to 1977. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Providence College and a Juris Doctor degree from Catholic University. A widow, Paiva-Weed was married for 23 years to fellow Rogers High School alumnus Mark Weed, who died of cancer on August 22, 2009. She worked as an attorney at the law firm of Moore, Virgadamo & Lynch before retiring in 2008.

Rhode Island Senate[edit]


Paiva-Weed first entered politics in 1992 when she ran for a seat in the 49th District of the Rhode Island Senate, winning 62% of the vote against Republican Ellen M. McDonagh. Following the 2001 redistricting that reduced the Rhode Island Senate from 50 to 38 members, she faced a primary election in the new 13th District against fellow incumbent J. Clement Cicilline, winning 75% of the vote, then winning 74% against Republican Janine M. Atamian in the general election.


Paiva-Weed has advanced steadily in the Rhode Island Senate, being named Chairwoman of the Judiciary Committee in 1997, Senate Majority Leader in 2004, and Senate President in 2008, the first woman to serve in each position.

LGBT Rights[edit]

Paiva-Weed opposes same-sex marriage and has attempted to block attempts to bring the issue before the Senate.[1] However, she voted for civil unions on June 29, 2011.[2]

Other Issues[edit]

Paiva-Weed defended Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio paying Stephen Iannazzi a salary of $88,112, a move that attracted negative commentary from some citizens.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Same-sex marriage bills introduced in R.I. House, Senate, The Providence Journal, January 6, 2011
  2. ^ [1][dead link]

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