New Members 2010 - Rhode Island


Date of Birth: July 15, 1961
Birthplace: Providence, R.I.
Residence: Providence, R.I.
Occupation: Attorney
Education: B.A., Brown University; J.D., Georgetown University 
Previous Office Held: Mayor of Providence, 2003-present
Family: Single

Former Providence Mayor David Cicilline focused his campaign on a platform of job creation in a state with one of the highest levels of unemployment.

With his win in former Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s (D) district, he becomes one of a handful of openly gay members of Congress.

His campaign platform emphasized improved healthcare and education, campaign-finance reform and looking after the well-being of children, veterans and seniors, as well as getting U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. He vowed to protect Social Security and to make sure that it exists for generations to come.

President Obama campaigned for Cicilline toward the end of the race. The 49-year-old, who served two terms as mayor of Providence, spent four terms in the state House focusing on gun-control issues and government ethics.