Councilman Terrence M. Hassett, Senior Deputy Majority Leader | Ward 12
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Councilman Terrence Hassett was first elected to the City Council to represent Ward 12 in Providence in 1997 and was re-elected in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014. He represents Smith Hill and Valley, as well as the Capital Center district of Downtown.
He served as Majority Leader of the Council during the 2007-2011 term, and, during 2011-2015 term, he was Council President Pro Tempore and Chairman of the Committee on Public Works.
After surviving a serious hit and run accident while crossing the street in 2010, Councilman Hassett has become one of the state’s most outspoken leaders on issues of pedestrian safety. He has advocated for stricter penalties for motorists who leave the scene of an accident and led the City’s efforts to install dozens of new traffic calming devices and paint more than 100 new crosswalks.
He also was the former Chairperson of the Public Works Committee and the Special Study Commission on Tax Exempt Institutions. Councilman Hassett has also served as a member of the Providence Redevelopment Agency, the Capital Center Commission, and the State Transportation Advisory Committee.
Before his election to the City Council, Hassett served as a member of the Rhode Island State Board of Regents for Education, the Subcommittee for Post-Secondary Education, the Rhode Island Adult Education Commission, the Rhode Island Public Telecommunications Authority and as Chairman of the General Manager’s Search Committee at WSBE-TV Channel 36.
Hassett was also Director of Investigations of the Consumer Protection Division for the Department of Attorney General and affiliated with numerous national consumer protection associations and White Collar Crime Center. He currently serves as a Senior Investigator in the Workers’ Compensation Fraud and Compliance Unit at the Department of Labor and Training.
After graduating from LaSalle Academy in 1978, Councilman Hassett attended Rhode Island College, where he received his B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Public Administration. He is a resident of Smith Hill.