Meet David Cicilline

 

Congressman David N. Cicilline is a champion for Rhode Island. From day one in Congress, David has been a fierce advocate for greater progress and opportunity in America, working his hardest each day so every Rhode Islander can achieve the security of a good life. From protecting Medicare and Social Security, to making it easier for students to finish college without a mountain of debt, to increasing investments in job training and rebuilding America’s infrastructure, to tackling the climate crisis, and cleaning up corruption in Washington – David is at the forefront of every major effort in the House to ensure more Rhode Islanders can reach the middle class and live their retirement with dignity.  

These have been extremely difficult times for our state and nation, and David is working hard every day to deliver for Rhode Island. Whether it is advocating for federal funding to help Rhode Island recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, championing infrastructure investments that create good-paying jobs in our state, fighting for the priorities that reflect our shared values, holding this reckless President and his administration accountable, or helping constituents secure the benefits they’ve earned and deserve – David is there for Rhode Islanders.

Congressman Cicilline has been one of the strongest and most vocal opponents of President Trump’s disastrous policies.  Cicilline has fought to hold President Trump accountable at every turn, leading efforts to reverse many of Trump’s most dangerous actions and limit his ability to further undermine our democracy and standing in the world.  

After leading the first-ever sit-in on the House floor to demand action on gun safety legislation, Cicilline ran for a position in House leadership. Today he serves as Chairman of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC).  As an up-and-comer in House Democratic Leadership, Cicilline led development of the party’s agenda and messaging that helped Democrats win back the majority in 2018.  As Chair of the DPCC, David helped design and deliver on the House Democratic “For the People” agenda – passing legislation to clean up corruption in Washington, lower healthcare and prescription drug costs, and create good-paying jobs by rebuilding America.

On the Foreign Affairs Committee, Cicilline has been a leader on international human rights and fought to get to the bottom of Russia’s interference in our 2016 election.   As a former defense attorney, Cicilline has hit his stride on the Judiciary Committee – demanding Republicans hold President Trump accountable for his actions, authoring the Equality Act – a comprehensive civil rights bill banning discrimination against the LGBTQ community that passed the House in May 2019, introducing the Assault Weapons Ban Act with a record number of cosponsors, and championing passage of immigration reform and the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act – comprehensive legislation to increase accountability in policing and address racial injustice. And, as the Chairman of the Antitrust Judiciary Subcommittee, Cicilline has led a yearlong, bipartisan investigation into the marketplace dominance of big tech companies, and its impact on workers, consumers, and small businesses.  

In Congress, Cicilline continues to deliver for Rhode Island’s First District by bringing home hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding each year to improve roads, schools, public safety, childcare, and more.  As one the architects of the Make it in America Agenda in Congress, Cicilline has worked to reinvigorate American manufacturing – authoring legislation signed into law to help American manufacturers compete against foreign businesses for U.S. government contracts, and another that would provide new federal resources for local manufacturing economies like Rhode Island’s.

Prior to being elected to Congress in 2010, Cicilline served as the Mayor of Providence for eight years, and four terms as a State Representative from the East Side of Providence and neighboring Pawtucket.

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