Let’s fix Rhode Island. Together.

Throughout my life, I’ve taken great pride in my ability to work together with others to solve complex problems. And I’ve always believed in public service – in the idea that you should give back to the people and places that helped lift you up along the way.

This is why I’m running to be your next state senator, representing the great people of District 30 in Warwick. I believe I have a unique skill set that will allow me, as your senator, to help fix our state’s problems and deliver positive change for the people of this district.

About Mark

  • Married to Tricia, with three children, Caitlin, Cara, and Dan
  • Grew up in Buttonwoods and still lives there today
  • Graduate, Boston College & Catholic University Law School
  • Attorney and small business owner, McKenney, Quigley & Clarkin
  • President or past president: Literacy Volunteers Rhode Island, Providence Community Library, Buttonwoods Beach Association

  • Chair or Vice-Chair: State Library Board, Buttonwoods Fire District Board of Supervisors, Warwick Zoning Board
  • Moderator: Buttonwoods Fire District, City of Warwick – Airport Town Meetings
  • Played a key role in bringing together the business community, insurance companies, and labor leaders during the successful overhaul and reform of Rhode Island’s embattled workers’ compensation system in the 1990s.

Key Issues

  • I support the bond question that will provide the funding to begin fixing our public schools. Every child deserves a quality education, and a clean, safe place to learn.
  • We need a new, fairer tax system that supports small businesses and helps them thrive. We should grow our economy by helping middle class Rhode Islanders instead of giving special deals to wealthy, connected corporations.
  • I support equal pay for women, because equality should not be put on hold when you enter the workplace.
  • We need to clean up Rhode Island and end the incessant corruption by strengthening our ethics law and levying heavier penalties on politicians who put self-interest before public interest.
  • I will work to increase efficiencies at the DMV and make that process a whole lot easier.

  • We need to clean up the state, literally. Driving around Rhode Island, I’ve noticed many areas are filled with trash and waste. It’s time to work with state leaders to ensure there’s a system in place to clean up the mess, which will bolster our tourism industry and add to our quality of life.
  • I support increased funding for individuals living with developmental disabilities, veterans and senior citizens. How we treat our most vulnerable citizens is a reflection of us as a society.
  • I will fight to ban bump stocks and assault weapons. We do not need military weapons in the hands of civilians. I will also support the law that keeps guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.
  • I support a Constitutional Amendment that will give the Governor line item veto power, which will help end the political shenanigans during the budget debate. The state budget is a reflection of our priorities as a state, and should not be a document leveraged for political gain.


There is important work to do in our state, but we can’t do it alone. Please consider contributing to our campaign. With your help, we can get our state on the right track.

Get In Touch

You can reach me at mckenney4senate@gmail.com or 401-578-6258. I want to hear your feedback and learn what’s important to you. I look forward to meeting you and earning your vote in the September 12th Democratic primary election.