Deborah will continue to be a voice for LGBTQ Equality in the State House
Rhode Island State Representative Deborah Ruggiero, elected in 2008, represents Jamestown and Middletown (District 74).
She is the co-sponsor of 2013 Marriage Equality Law in Rhode Island, sponsor of Rhode Island’s Anti-Bullying Law and co-sponsor of the Reproductive Healthcare Act ensuring women have a right to make their own reproductive health choices.
As chair of the Small Business Committee, Rep. Ruggiero’s law helped small business access affordable health care coverage in Rhode Island.
As a member of House Finance, she was instrumental in re-instating millions of dollars to the budget for the developmentally disabled, restoring funding for senior centers in the state, and passing the LIVABLE HOME GRANT Program so seniors can receive up to $5,000 for modifying their homes to ‘age in place’ and stay out of a nursing home.
As co-chair of the Defense Economy Planning Commission Deb works with the military and Defense Industry sector on creating STEM jobs, advocating for undersea technology and cybersecurity.
Deb is the president of DR Communications Group, a marketing and advertising firm that helps small business and non-profits with branding and marketing communications.
She host of the award-winning radio show, AMAZING WOMEN, that airs on 5 radio stations. She created the show in 2004 to highlight women who make a difference in Rhode Island. (https://www.amazingwomenri.com)