As of June 1, Representative David Cicilline will leave his position in Congress to take the helm of the Rhode Island Foundation, signaling a significant change in the state’s political landscape. Rep. Cicilline has long served as a spokesperson for Democrats in Rhode Island, devoting his time to assisting thousands of residents in gaining access to economic security, healthcare, and educational opportunities.
Since becoming the first openly gay mayor of a state capital in 2003, Congressman Cicilline has been active in politics in the state of Rhode Island. This past November, he was re-elected for a seventh term, demonstrating how well-liked he is by the people of Rhode Island. Many people were grieved by the idea of losing such a powerful leader who fought for important causes like better healthcare alternatives and job training efforts for those living below the poverty line when word of his resignation went throughout the state.
Rep. Cicilline pledges to put out unwavering effort in his new position at the Rhode Island Foundation to ensure a prosperous future for all residents of the state. His dedication to public service will be sorely missed, but his impact on future policy-making initiatives both inside and outside of government will endure.
Come June 1st, Rep. Cicilline will step down, and a special election will be held to replace him. With the district’s preponderance of blue voters, Democrats are anticipated to win this race handily. If Republicans decide to run, they will likely face an uphill battle that may be challenging to win.
All things considered, it is obvious that Rep. David Cicilline’s departure from Congress leaves behind big shoes to fill— ones that no other politician may fully be able to match up to as he moves on to this next chapter of life as the head of one of Rhode Island’s most significant institutions available for philanthropic purposes: The Rhode Island Foundation itself.