Meet David Cicilline

Congressman David N. Cicilline represents Rhode Island’s First Congressional District and is currently serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Cicilline is a Democratic member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.

In Congress, Cicilline has focused on reinvigorating the manufacturing sector and creating good-paying jobs in Rhode Island and is one of the strongest advocates for the House Democratic leadership’s “Make it in America” agenda.  While serving on the Budget Committee, Cicilline worked hard to reduce the federal deficit while maintaining job-creating investments in education, research, renewable energy, and transportation infrastructure.  He has also worked hard to protect Rhode Island’s seniors by preserving Social Security and fighting against efforts to eliminate the guarantee of Medicare.

Before being elected to Congress, Cicilline served as the Mayor of Providence for 8 years. Under his leadership as mayor, Providence saw $3 billion in new investment, revitalization in the city’s neighborhoods, and crime dropped to the lowest levels in 30 years.  Cicilline was also a founding member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Tom Menino. Prior to becoming mayor, Cicilline served four terms as a State Representative in Rhode Island’s General Assembly representing the East Side of Providence and a neighboring section of Pawtucket.

Cicilline was born on the South Side of Providence and later moved with his family to Silver Lake and eventually to Narragansett. In 1983, he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in political science from Brown University, where as an undergraduate he established a branch of the College Democrats with his classmate, the late John F. Kennedy, Jr.  He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and served as a public defender in the District of Columbia before returning to Rhode Island to open a practice in civil rights law and criminal defense.


House Committees

Judiciary Committee

  • Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet
  • Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law 

Foreign Affairs Committee 

  • Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations
  • Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa


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