Charles Fogarty

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Charles Fogarty
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Rhode Island Director of Labor
In office
January 2011 – present
Years in position 4
Base salary$130,152
Elections and appointments
AppointedDecember 10, 2010
Appointed byGov. Lincoln Chafee (I)
Campaign $$2,810,844
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor
Rhode Island State Senate
Bachelor'sProvidence College (1977)
Master'sUniversity of Rhode Island (1980)
Date of birthSeptember 15, 1955
Place of birthProvidence, Rhode Island
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Charles Fogarty is the current Rhode Island Director of Labor. He has served in this position since January 2011.[1]


A former state senator and lieutenant governor, Fogarty was director of policy for the Mayforth Group, a lobbying firm, when he was named Rhode Island Director of Labor in 2010. Fogarty is on the faculty at Johnson and Wales.[2]


  • MPA, University of Rhode Island, 1980
  • B.S., Providence College, 1977

Political career

Rhode Island Director of Labor (2011-present)

Fogarty has served as Rhode Island Director of Labor since January 2011.

Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor (1999-2007)

Fogarty served as Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor from 1999 to 2007. He ran for governor in 2006, losing to Don Carcieri.[2]

Rhode Island State Senate (1990-1998)

Fogarty served in the Rhode Island State Senate from 1990-1998. He was President Pro Tempore from 1995-1998.[3]



Fogarty was appointed as Rhode Island Director of Labor by Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I) on December 10, 2010.[2]

Chafee stated, “Charlie will lead the charge to make [the] DLT more of a resource for economic development, and, as such, he will be heavily involved in my efforts to bring job creation and economic growth to our state.”[4]


On November 5, 2002, Charles J. Fogarty won re-election to the office of Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor. He defeated John A. Pagliarini, Jr. (R), Robert J. Healey, Jr. (Cool Moose) and Gregg R. Stevens (G) in the general election.

Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.png Charles J. Fogarty Incumbent 53.8% 175,218
     Republican John A. Pagliarini, Jr. 24.8% 80,813
     Cool Moose Robert J. Healey, Jr. 18.8% 61,244
     Green Gregg R. Stevens 2.7% 8,705
Total Votes 325,980
Election Results Via: Rhode Island Board of Elections

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Fogarty is available dating back to 1994. Based on available campaign finance records, Fogarty raised a total of $2,810,844 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 11, 2013.[5]

Charles Fogarty's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2006 Governor of Rhode Island Defeated $2,153,887
2004 RI Lieutenant Governor Not up for election $152,452
2002 RI Lieutenant Governor Won $317,428
1998 RI Lieutenant Governor Won $156,362
1996 RI State Senate Won $15,855
1994 RI State Senate Won $14,860
Grand Total Raised $2,810,844

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rhode Island Director of Labor
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
Succeeded by
Elizabeth Roberts
Preceded by
Rhode Island State Senate
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