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RI Senator Doyle resigns citing alcohol issues

Sen. James E. Doyle

A Rhode Island senator has stepped down from his post just as the 2018 legislative session has begun, citing issues with alcohol.

Sen. James E. Doyle, II, a Democrat who oversees Pawtucket, resigned from the General Assembly. His resignation was effective Tuesday.

“It is for personal reasons -- caused by my struggle with alcohol -- that I am resigning," the 45-year-old noted in a statement. "Many of my close friends and colleagues knew that I took some time off last year. My intent was to come back to the Senate, but now is the time to focus on my recovery and on being healthy, and dedicating myself to my family.”

Senate Dominick J. Ruggerio issued a statement, offering encouragement to Doyle and his loved ones.

“All of us in the Senate are thinking of Jamie and his family during this difficult time. We are grateful for his service to our state, and proud of him for taking the necessary steps to face his addiction," Ruggerio said. "We wish him all the best in his recovery and in all of his future endeavors.”

Doyle went on to thank everyone for their support.

“I thank God for His grace and mercy, and for my family, friends, and neighbors. At this time, please allow for privacy as I move forward with the assistance of my family.”

Doyle, who was elected in 2004, is the son of former Pawtucket city councilman and mayor James Doyle. His father passed away in 2016.

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