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Representative Edith H. Ajello

Member, House Judiciary Committee

Edith H. Ajello (D) has served the residents of the East Side of Providence since being elected in November 1992. She represents the constituents of District 1, which was previously District 3 before the completion of the redistricting process that took effect in 2013.

Representative Ajello is a member of the House Committee on Judiciary and previously served as chairwoman of that committee. Her legislation in 2012 added gender identity to the state’s hate crimes law, and she was the cosponsor of the first-in-the-nation Homeless Bill of Rights. In 2014, she cosponsored successful legislation that banned employers and schools from demanding access or passwords to the social media accounts of applicants. In 2013, legislation she sponsored changed elections laws to ensure that any voter who is line to vote at the time polls close is allowed to cast his or her vote. In 2015, she cosponsored the successful Comprehensive Community–Police Relationship Act aimed at reducing racial profiling and warrantless searches of minors. For several years, Ajello has sponsored legislation banning law enforcement access to personal cell phone data or tracking without a warrant and to require the Board of Elections to abide by the Administrative Procedures Act.

During her tenure as chairwoman of the Judiciary Committee, major revisions to the Access to Public Records Act were enacted, “Super PACs” were required to disclose their major donors, and possession of a small amount of marijuana was made a civil offense rather than a crime.

In addition to her duties as a legislator, Representative Ajello also serves on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Health and Education Fund. She has a long history of service with various organizations including the R.I. Council on Alcohol and Other Substance Abuse and Volunteers in Providence Schools (now called Inspiring Minds), and 2 to 1, the Coalition to Preserve Choice. For her legislative efforts regarding civil liberties, Representative Ajello was awarded the RI Affiliate of the ACLU’s Raymond J. Pettine Civil Libertarian of the Year in 2006.

A certified Oriental rug appraiser, she restores and sells oriental rugs for V. George Rustigian Rugs in Providence.

Representative Ajello was born on April 26, 1944. She is the mother of Linell and Aaron Ajello.

29 Benefit Street
Providence, RI 02904
(401) 274-7078