Washington, DC – Today, Equality PAC Co-Chair Ranking Member Mark Takano (D-CA) released the following statement on Congressman David Cicilline’s decision to resign from Congress on June 1, 2023. Cicilline will move on to serve as President and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation.
“Since his start in Congress in 2011, Congressman David Cicilline has worked tirelessly to protect, defend, and expand LGBTQ rights,” said Equality PAC Co-Chair Ranking Member Mark Takano. “This includes drafting and advocating for passage of the Equality Act, landmark legislation that will enshrine numerous LGBTQ rights into law and prevent discrimination towards our community. As an Equality PAC Co-Chair, Congressman Cicilline has helped mentor and raise millions for LGBTQ congressional candidates and allies over multiple election cycles, helping elect some of the most pro-equality majorities in history. His positive impact on the LGBTQ community here and around the world will be felt for generations to come. Congressman Cicilline has served his constituents and our community with dignity, honor, and a passion for always doing the right thing. We will miss his voice in Congress and we look forward to the amazing things he will continue to do to serve Rhode Islanders and the LGBTQ community in the future.”
Equality PAC is the political arm of the Congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus and is dedicated to the full legal and societal equality for LGBTQ Americans. All funds raised into Equality PAC are spent supporting and electing openly LGBTQ individuals and strong LGBTQ allies to the United States Congress who are committed to passing the Equality Act and to ensuring full civil rights and protections for all LGBTQ Americans.