Representative David A. Bennett
First Vice-Chairman, House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources
Member, House Health, Education and Welfare Committee
Member, House Committee on Municipal Government
Member, Joint Committee on Healthcare Oversight
David A. Bennett has served District 20 in Warwick since first being elected in November 2010. An orthopedic technologist and psychiatric nurse, Representative Bennett is the first vice chairman of the House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, a member of the House Committee on Health, Education, and Welfare, and the House Committee on Municipal Government.
Among his accomplishments is the enactment of several increases in the minimum wage. In 2012, he sponsored legislation that increased the minimum wage for the first time since 2007, from $7.40 an hour to $7.75. His bills also succeeded in raising the minimum wage for workers for each of the three subsequent years, bringing it to $8 in 2014, $9 in 2015, and $9.60 in 2016. He introduced legislation in 2017 that was included in the budget to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 on Jan. 1, 2018, and to $10.50 on Jan. 1, 2019.
He has also been active on health care and addiction issues, serving as co-chairman of the Joint Legislative Commission to Study the Integration of Primary Care and Behavioral Health and sponsoring many bills related to health. In 2015, Representative Bennett sponsored a law that required all high schools and middle schools to have an opioid antagonist kit (Narcan) to prevent deaths by drug overdoses. The following year, he sponsored several new laws aimed at addressing the opioid addiction epidemic through better controls on prescriptions, insurance coverage for opioid antagonists and comprehensive discharge planning for overdose patients. In 2017, he sponsored a law requiring automated external defibrillators at public places that hold 300 or more people.
A graduate of Toll Gate High School, the Community College of Rhode Island, and Rhode Island College, he is a member of the American Nurses Association, Rhode Island Nurses Association, the Sierra Club and Apponaug Old Timers.
Representative Bennett was born on April 8, 1955. He resides in Warwick with his wife Ann and daughter, Giana.
27 Shippee Avenue
Warwick, RI 02886