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Encyclopedia > Stephen Laffey
Stephen Laffey
Term of office:
January 2003 – December 2006
City Cranston
State Rhode Island
Country USA
Political party Republican
Preceded by John O'Leary
Succeeded by Incumbent
Born 1962
Warwick, Rhode Island
Spouse Kelly Laffey

Stephen (Steve) Laffey is the current mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island. He is also a Republican candidate for the United States Senate in 2006. Location of Cranston, Rhode Island. ... Official language(s) None Capital Providence Largest city Providence Area  Ranked 50th  - Total 1,214* sq mi (3,144* km²)  - Width 37 miles (60 km)  - Length 48 miles (77 km)  - % water 32. ... This article is about the modern United States Republican Party. ... John OLeary (1830 - 1907) was an Irish poet noted for his failure as a student of both law and medicine, and for his imprisonment in England during the nineteenth century. ... Location of Warwick, Rhode Island. ... Official language(s) None Capital Providence Largest city Providence Area  Ranked 50th  - Total 1,214* sq mi (3,144* km²)  - Width 37 miles (60 km)  - Length 48 miles (77 km)  - % water 32. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger,greater) is in modern times the title of the highest ranking municipal officer, who discharges certain judicial and administrative functions, in many systems an elected politician, who serves as chief executive and/or ceremonial official of many types of municipalities. ... Location of Cranston, Rhode Island. ... Official language(s) None Capital Providence Largest city Providence Area  Ranked 50th  - Total 1,214* sq mi (3,144* km²)  - Width 37 miles (60 km)  - Length 48 miles (77 km)  - % water 32. ... This article is about the modern United States Republican Party. ... Seal of the Senate The Senate of the United States of America is one of the two chambers of the Congress of the United States, the other being the House of Representatives. ...

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Background

Laffey was born in Warwick, Rhode Island in 1962 to John and Mary Laffey. When he was four years old, his family moved to Cranston, where his dad worked as a toolmaker and his mother as a nurse. Laffey's family suffered from problems with mental illness as one of his brothers was committed to a mental institution and one of his sisters suffered from schizophrenia. Nevertheless, Laffey describes his childhood as being similar to the TV sitcom Leave it to Beaver. [1] Location of Warwick, Rhode Island. ... This article or section seems not to be written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia entry. ...


Laffey attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine from 1980-1984, majoring in economics. Laffey is also a graduate of Harvard Business School. Bowdoin College is a private liberal arts college, founded in 1794, located in the coastal New England town of Brunswick, Maine. ... Brunswick is a town located in Cumberland County, Maine. ... Buyers bargain for good prices while sellers put forth their best front in Chichicastenango Market, Guatemala. ... HBS, as seen from across the Charles River. ...


Business career

Prior to becoming mayor of Cranston, Laffey worked for Morgan Keegan & Company, a Memphis, Tennessee-based financial institution. In 2000, Laffey was appointed president of Morgan Keegan. Laffey left the firm in 2001. According to the Memphis Business Journal, his departure from Morgan Keegan was a "palace coup" after "a group of longtime producers from the Memphis-based securities firm's investment banking and retail sides demanded Laffey's removal." [2] Cranston is a city located in Providence County, Rhode Island. ... Morgan Keegan & Company is a regional investment banking, securities brokerage, trust and asset management firm. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The River City, The Bluff City, M-Town Location Location in Shelby County and the state of Tennessee Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Tennessee Shelby County Mayor W. W. Herenton (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 294. ... The Memphis Business Journal is a weekly business paper concentrating on the Memphis, Tennessee area. ...


Political career

Mayor

Upon his departure from Morgan Keegan, Laffey left Tennessee and returned to his birthplace, Cranston and successfully ran for mayor in 2002, taking office in January 2003. He was subsequently re-elected in 2004. Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 36th 109,247 km² 195 km 710 km 2. ... Location of Cranston, Rhode Island. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger,greater) is in modern times the title of the highest ranking municipal officer, who discharges certain judicial and administrative functions, in many systems an elected politician, who serves as chief executive and/or ceremonial official of many types of municipalities. ...


While mayor, Laffey implemented several bold initiatives. He is best known for his positions on unions and immigration. Laffey was intrumental in getting his city to accept Mexico's Matricula Consular education card for identification, even though Congress had tried to ban the use of the card on multiple occasions. Laffey said that the cards offered all immigrants "the fair chance to live the American Dream".[3] A congress is a gathering of people, especially a gathering for a political purpose. ...


2006 Senate Race

Main article: Rhode Island United States Senate election, 2006

Laffey announced on September 8, 2005 that he would be running for the United States Senate, challenging the more liberal Republican incumbent Lincoln Chafee in the Republican primary[4]. Laffey has criticized both parties for problems in Washington. His website states he wants to eliminate pork barrel spending, simplify the tax code, and reduce prescription drug costs. The Rhode Island Senate election of 2006 will be held on November 7, 2006. ... September 8 is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Seal of the Senate The Senate of the United States of America is one of the two chambers of the Congress of the United States, the other being the House of Representatives. ... Lincoln Davenport Chafee (born March 26, 1953) is a Republican United States Senator from Rhode Island. ... The examples and perspective in this article do not represent a worldwide view. ... Pork barrel, in a literal sense, is a barrel in which pork is kept, but figuratively is a supply of money; often the source of ones livelihood. ... In the UK, every person paid under the PAYE scheme is allocated a tax code. ...


Controversies

During his term as mayor of Cranston, Laffey has been at the center of a number of well publicized controversies, often due to his unconventional comments. For example, when some photos on his official website appeared digitally altered to remove individuals who no longer supported Laffey, he offered the following explanation for their removal: "Hackers and perhaps even space invaders or extraterrestrials may also have gotten past our rigid security firewall and tampered with some files."


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