Contact: Adam Joseph
January 7, 2015
With friends and family at his side, and for the first time since a serious accident, state Senator Andrew Maynard (D—Stonington) returned to the senate chamber and was sworn-in for a new, two year term.
“Andy insisted that he return to the senate circle and join his colleagues in taking the oath of office,” said Denise Mahoney, Senator Maynard’s sister. “The rate of his recovery from his injuries has been nothing short of remarkable. The family would like to thank all of his friends and well-wishers. They have been with him every step of the way throughout his recovery and their continued love and support will sustain him as he continues to recover. We also want to thank the doctors, nurses and therapists at Rhode Island Hospital and the Hospital for Special Care for the excellent treatment and care they provided. Andy wants to express his gratitude to the voters of the 18th district. He is committed to working on your behalf in the coming year. Your faith in him reminds us again of the uncommon opportunity he’s been given to serve the region, the enormous kindness that he has received from you, and the great debt that he owes in return.”
This past July, as the result of a fall at his home, Sen. Maynard suffered physical injuries and a traumatic brain injury. The recovery process has taken time, but Sen. Maynard has made great strides. Sen. Maynard is currently undergoing physical and occupational therapy to work on his balance, strengthen his right arm and refine the use of his right hand.
In addition, the accident has left Sen. Maynard with aphasia when it comes to his speech. While he can process language and understand others, the condition impairs his ability to speak. As part of his ongoing recovery he is working with a speech therapist. Although he is making great progress, he currently has some difficulty retrieving words and names.
Sen. Maynard looks forward to working with his senate colleagues and resuming a full schedule on behalf of all the constituents of the 18th district as soon as he is able. Sen. Maynard’s office will continue to operate in its full capacity as it has since the accident in July.
Sen. Maynard will serve as the Senate Chair of the Transportation Committee and as a member of the Internship and Program Review and Investigations Committees.
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