Rebecca will continue to be a powerful LGBTQ voice in the Rhode Island State House!
Rebecca Kislak is an outspoken supporter of Providence’s public schools, health equity and economic justice. She was first elected to serve District 4 in the Rhode Island State House in 2018.
Representative Kislak has been an outspoken supporter of Providence’s public schools, health equity and economic justice. In 2021, Representative Kislak sponsored a new law creating a permanent commission to promote and continually improve genocide and Holocaust education in schools. She successfully advocated for the Rhode Island Parentage Act, legislation enacted in 2020 to replace the state’s outdated laws with more inclusive laws that recognize the many ways people become families, and a bill to ensure that single-stall restrooms are gender-inclusive so that anyone may use them. She has introduced bills to provide greater tax equity by restoring additional income tax brackets on high income, and to create voter-directed public funding through “democracy dollars” that would overhaul Rhode Island’s public campaign financing system to shift power toward the general electorate and better enable ordinary citizens to run for office. She has led legislative efforts to restrict the use of neonicotinoids in pesticides and to improve the legal infrastructure for bicycle transportation.
Representative Kislak is an attorney with years of experience in social services and health care policy. She also teaches health policy classes at Rhode Island College and Brown University. She is past president of the Rhode Island chapter of the National Organization for Women (RI-NOW) and a member of Temple Emanu-El in Providence.
Representative Kislak is married to Dr. Joanna Brown and they have two children.