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Charles J. Fogarty

Charles J. Fogarty
67th Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
In office
January 2, 1999 – January 2, 2007
Governor Lincoln Almond (1999-2003)
Donald Carcieri (2003-2007)
Preceded by Bernard Jackvony
Succeeded by Elizabeth H. Roberts
Personal details
Born (1955-09-15) September 15, 1955
Providence, RI
Nationality  United States
Political party Democratic
Residence Smithfield, RI
Alma mater Providence College
University of Rhode Island (MPA)

Charles Joseph Fogarty, Jr., also known as Charlie Fogarty (born September 15, 1955) was the 67th Lieutenant Governor of the U.S. State of Rhode Island. He is a Democrat. Fogarty served two full terms as Lieutenant Governor, first elected to the position in 1998 and leaving office on January 2, 2007.

His father, Charles Fogarty, Sr., was a State Senator and Director of the Rhode Island Small Business Administration. His uncle, John E. Fogarty, was a United States Congressman for 26 years. His brother Paul Fogarty was elected as a Rhode Island State Senator in 1998 and still holds the position.

A graduate of La Salle Academy and Providence College, Fogarty received a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Rhode Island.

Fogarty was previously elected to the Glocester Town Council in 1984 and in 1990 was elected as a State Senator, where he served for eight years. While a State Senator, he served as both Majority Whip and Senate President Pro Tempore.

He was elected lieutenant governor in 1998 and re-elected in 2002. He served as lieutenant governor from 1999 to 2003.

Fogarty was a candidate for Governor of Rhode Island in 2006. He was running against incumbent Republican Governor Donald Carcieri, as Fogarty was barred from seeking re-election in 2006 due to term limits. He was defeated by a slim margin of 8,000 votes.

Rhode Island is one of 19 states that elects its governor and lieutenant governor separately rather than on a single party ticket.

Fogarty was appointed by Governor Lincoln Chafee in January 2011 as the Director for the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training. In this position, Forgarty cracked down of fraudulent recipients of unemployment benefits.

In January 2015, Fogarty was appointed by Governor Gina Raimondo as Director of the Rhode Island Department of Elderly Affairs.

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