Susan Pedgen, best known as the press secretary for Charles Fogarty during his two terms as lieutenant governor, has gotten the nod to become chief legal counsel for House Speaker Gordon Fox. She’s slated to start $121,308 job next Monday, December 3.
Pegden will be the first woman to be chief legal counsel for a speaker, according to Fox spokesman Larry Berman. As a resident of Hope Street, she is also a constituent of the speaker.
Via news release:
“Sue has vast knowledge of legal matters and is a well-rounded veteran of State House politics in the areas of policy and communications,” said Speaker Fox. “She will bring a fresh perspective to the many challenges facing our state and she will be a great asset to me and the members of the House of Representatives.”
Pegden has been with the Providence law firm of Hamel, Waxler, Allen & Collins for seven years, including the last four as an associate attorney. She concentrated in all areas of civil litigation, including personal injury, employment law, election law, bankruptcy and issues impacting small businesses.
Before working for Fogarty, Pegden joined the administration of Governor Bruce Sundlun in 1991 as a speechwriter and deputy press secretary. Her tenure with Fogarty ran from 1998 to 2005.
Pegden is married to political consultant Rob Horowitz.
Berman says Fox was impressed by Pegden’s work as a legal adviser on his re-election campaign. She succeeds John Flynn, who became a Rhode Island Drug Court magistrate earlier this year. Flynn’s predecessor, William Guglietta, also left the post to become a magistrate. He is now chief magistrate of the state Traffic Tribunal.
More background on Pegden via news release:
She has also worked as a political consultant on several campaigns, including those of Myrth York for Governor and Richard Licht for U.S. Senate. She is the acting chairwoman of the Rhode Island Democratic Women’s Caucus and is a member of the City of Providence Ward 3 Democratic Committee.
Pegden has been active with the Rhode Island Association of Justice (formerly the Trial Lawyers Association), serving as communications director and as a member of its Board of Governors and Legislative Committee.
She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and received her Juris Doctorate from the Roger Williams University School of Law.
Pegden lives in Providence with her husband Rob Horowitz and daughter Emily.