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3/15/2019 Rep. Barros named chair of RI Legislative Black and Latino Caucus
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Jean Philippe Barros (D-Dist. 59, Pawtucket) has been elected as the new chair of the Rhode Island Legislative Black and Latino Caucus by his fellow caucus members.  The previous co-chairs were Rep. Shelby Maldonado (D-Dist. 56, Central Falls) and Rep. Carlos E. Tobon (D-Dist. 58, Pawtucket).

“I am humbled and honored to serve as the new chairperson and I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance the causes that impact the communities we all represent,” said Representative Barros.

Representative Barros comes into the role in his third term in the Rhode Island General Assembly.  He sits on the House Committee on Finance and is the chairman of its Public Safety Subcommittee. He is also the first vice chairman of the House Committee on Municipal Government.  He is a former member of the Pawtucket City Council.

Chairman Barros will lead the newest iteration of the caucus as they welcome in five new legislators, which includes three representatives and two senators. The caucus was originally formed decades ago with only three members and has now grown to its current membership of 15 legislators.

In addition to Representatives Barros, Maldonado and Tobon, the caucus includes Rep. Anastasia P. Williams (D-Dist. 9, Providence), Rep. Grace Diaz (D-Dist. 11, Providence), Rep. Joseph S. Almeida (D-Dist. 12, Providence), Rep. Raymond A. Hull (D-Dist. 6 Providence, North Providence), Rep. Karen Alzate (D-Dist. 60, Pawtucket), Rep. Marvin L. Abney (D-Dist. 73, Newport, Middletown), Rep. Marcia Ranglin-Vassell (D-Dist. 5, Providence), Rep. Mario F. Mendez (D-Dist. 13, Providence, Johnston), Rep. Liana M. Cassar (D-Dist. 66, Barrington, East Providence), Sen. Ana B. Quezada (D-Dist. 2, Providence), Sen. Harold M. Metts (D-Dist. 6, Providence), Sen. Sandra Cano (D-Dist. 8, Providence), and Sen. Jessica de la Cruz (R–Dist. 23, Burrillville, Glocester, North Smithfield).

The Rhode Island Legislative Black and Latino Caucus (RILBLC) represents and advocates for the interests of disadvantaged people throughout the State of Rhode Island. It seeks to increase a diverse participation and representation in all levels of government. The  goal is to close, and ultimately to eliminate, disparities that still exist between white and non-white Americans in every aspect of life.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903