David is one of only seven openly LGBTQ members of the U.S. House of Representatives
Congressman David N. Cicilline represents Rhode Island’s First Congressional District and is currently serving his fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Cicilline is a member of the House Democratic Leadership as Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, and serves as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Judiciary Committee, and is serving as Chairman of the House Antitrust Subcommittee.
In Congress, Cicilline is working every day to cut through gridlock in Washington and deliver real results for Rhode Island. David has worked to protect Social Security and Medicare, and champion legislation that will bring American manufacturing jobs back home. He’s a tireless advocate for federal investments in our infrastructure, which will create good paying jobs that support working families, and has stood up to the gun lobby to pass common-sense reforms that keep guns out of the wrong hands.
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.
Importance of Candidacy:
- Will maintain LGBTQ presence in the House of Representatives
- Is one of only 9 openly LGBTQ members of Congress