Nicholas Mattiello reelected Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives
STATE HOUSE — Rep. Nicholas A. Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston) was elected today to serve as Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives by a vote of 63 to 11. He will preside over the House of Representatives for the 2017-2018 session.
“I am eager to get back to work on behalf of all Rhode Islanders,” said Speaker Mattiello. “Rhode Island has made headway in recovering from the Great Recession but we must take bold action to turn our recovery into a resurgence.”
Mattiello outlined a series of initiatives to continue to bolster Rhode Island’s economic competitiveness, such as raising the minimum wage, expanding the estate tax exemption, and continuing to increase funding for public education. He highlighted his plan to eliminate the car tax by phasing it out over the next five years.
“Make no mistake, this year’s budget will provide significant relief from the regressive car tax,” said Speaker Mattiello. “Cutting the car tax will also improve our tax competitiveness nationally, advance quality of life in our communities, and increase spending in our local economy.”
Representative Mattiello was first elected to the House in 2006. He served as a member of the House Finance Committee before being elected Democratic Majority Leader in 2010. In March 2014, Speaker Mattiello was elected to lead the Rhode Island House of Representatives.
Speaker Mattiello has implemented a series of good government reforms during his tenure. The House has passed legislation eliminating the “master lever” or straight party voting, overhauled the state’s campaign finance and lobbying statutes, and, most recently, proposed the successful constitutional amendment restoring the Ethics Commission’s jurisdiction over the General Assembly.
Speaker Mattiello lives in Cranston with his wife, MaryAnn. They have two adult children, Nicholas and Anthony. He is a graduate of La Salle Academy, Boston College, and the Suffolk University School of Law.
For more information, contact:
Jacob Bissaillon, Deputy Communications Director
Speaker of the House
Providence, RI 02903