PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Dan McKee issued the following statement on the passing of Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin:
“Susan and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin. Born and raised in the Smith Hill neighborhood of Providence, Maryellen was a tireless champion for her constituents and the state of Rhode Island. From sponsoring legislation that supported seniors, to strengthening worker protections, fighting for increases in school aid, especially funding for English Language Learners, Senator Goodwin dedicated her life to public service.
I’ve signed into law many of Senator Goodwin’s bills, but I was most proud to sign the Maryellen Goodwin Colorectal Cancer Screening Act. This critical piece of legislation, which she strongly championed, removed barriers that many Rhode Islanders face in accessing crucial screenings. Rhode Islanders owe a debt of gratitude to Senator Goodwin — her leadership and courage have helped so many across our state.
On behalf of the people of Rhode Island, thank you Senator Goodwin. We will keep your legacy alive and keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.”
Governor McKee has directed flags to be lowered in honor of Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin.