A graduate of Bethany College, The University of Rhode Island Graduate School and The School of Law of Boston University, Read was Honorably Discharged from the US Army before entering the practice of Law. He has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General and practiced Law. Read was elected to seven terms in the state House of Representatives, serving in various leadership posts including Minority Whip. In addition to his law practice, Read is the principal Broker in a Rhode Island Real Estate firm.
Married and the father of four sons, Read has been active in local charities, genealogical societies and fraternal organizations.
Read divides his time between Rhode Island and New Hampshire.