Congressman David Cicilline represents Rhode Island’s first congressional district. He is the most senior LGBTQ Member serving in Congress – and he is the only LGBTQ former Mayor ever elected to Congress. David serves as a Co-Chair of Equality PAC.
David is a champion for Rhode Island. From day one in Congress, he 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.
David was one of the strongest and most vocal opponents of President Trump’s disastrous policies. He 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. David served as one of the House impeachment managers during Trump’s second impeachment trial.
After leading the first-ever sit-in on the House floor to demand action on gun safety legislation, David successfully ran for a position in House Democratic leadership where he led development of the party’s agenda and messaging that helped them win back the majority in 2018. Once in the Majority, David helped design and deliver on the House Democratic “For the People” agenda – passing legislation to clean up corruption in Washington, lower health care and prescription drug costs, and create good-paying jobs by rebuilding America.
On the Foreign Affairs Committee, David 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, he 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 has passed the House, 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, David has led a yearlong, bipartisan investigation into the marketplace dominance of big tech companies, and its impact on workers, consumers, and small businesses.
Prior to being elected to Congress in 2010, David 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. He was the first openly LGBTQ former mayor elected to Congress and the first openly LGBTQ member elected from Rhode Island.