Meet David Cicilline

Congressman David N. Cicilline represents Rhode Island’s First Congressional District and is currently serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Cicilline is a Democratic member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.

In Congress, Cicilline has focused on reinvigorating the manufacturing sector and creating good-paying jobs in Rhode Island and is one of the strongest advocates for the House Democratic leadership’s “Make it in America” agenda.  While serving on the Budget Committee, Cicilline worked hard to reduce the federal deficit while maintaining job-creating investments in education, research, renewable energy, and transportation infrastructure.  He has also worked hard to protect Rhode Island’s seniors by preserving Social Security and fighting against efforts to eliminate the guarantee of Medicare.

Before being elected to Congress, Cicilline served as the Mayor of Providence for 8 years. Under his leadership as mayor, Providence saw $3 billion in new investment, revitalization in the city’s neighborhoods, and crime dropped to the lowest levels in 30 years.  Cicilline was also a founding member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Tom Menino. Prior to becoming mayor, Cicilline served four terms as a State Representative in Rhode Island’s General Assembly representing the East Side of Providence and a neighboring section of Pawtucket.

Cicilline was born on the South Side of Providence and later moved with his family to Silver Lake and eventually to Narragansett. In 1983, he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in political science from Brown University, where as an undergraduate he established a branch of the College Democrats with his classmate, the late John F. Kennedy, Jr.  He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and served as a public defender in the District of Columbia before returning to Rhode Island to open a practice in civil rights law and criminal defense.


House Committees

Judiciary Committee

  • Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet
  • Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law 

Foreign Affairs Committee 

  • Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations
  • Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa


DNC Twitter

  • 49 min 8 sec ago This is pathetic. Apparently the President is fine to keep immigrant families together as long as he can keep them behind bars indefinitely.
  • 3 hours 54 min ago Just reached out to Stephen Miller to share my thoughts on the President’s cruel policy of separating families at t…
  • 5 hours 35 min ago I hope this is true. We’ve all learned to focus on what the President DOES not what he SAYS. And what’s his plan f…
  • 7 hours 25 min ago RT : That's why and I introduced the Protecting JOBs Act. This legislation would prevent states from sus…
  • 7 hours 58 min ago RT : "You started it, you can finish it." Rep. David Cicilline calls on Pres. Trump to end 'zero tolerance' policy sepa…
  • 8 hours 19 min ago Press conference outside the Capitol. We are not going to stop fighting until ends this cruel fami…