Sen. Dawson Hodgson was born and raised in North Kingstown, where he grew up working on his family’s turf farm. As a boy he attended North Kingstown public schools, St. George’s School in Newport, and later went on to graduate from Bucknell University with a B.A. in American History and the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor degree. Dawson is licensed to practice law in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, and is of counsel with the East Greenwich-based law firm Martineau Davis & Associates.

After earning his law degree, Dawson completed a judicial clerkship in the Rhode Island trial courts and served from 2005-2010 as a criminal prosecutor for the RI Department of Attorney General.


     The Attorney General is the people’s lawyer, chief prosecutor, and top law enforcement official, tasked with using good public policy and the rule of law to stand up for the public interest on issues effecting quality of life in Rhode Island. 

     I am no stranger to these issues or to standing up for the people of Rhode Island. As a prosecutor, I fought for justice in courtrooms across the state, and as a legislator and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee I have advocated for equality and accountability in all spheres of public policy.

     I am running for Attorney General on a platform that focuses on three areas where conventional leadership has failed the state and its citizens:

Safe Streets, Strong Economy, & Public Trust

     As the state’s next Attorney General, I have a plan to achieve these needs, and get Rhode Island back on track. With some thoughtful policy and more effective administration of justice, our home state can be a safe one.

     We can fix our economy if we fix our reputation: taxes, regulations and corruption are the legacy that scare away outside investment and depress local enterprise. State level leadership on public trust issues is critical to restoring our reputation and serving our citizens.

     This is what I stand for.