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Representative Liana Cassar

House Committee on Small Business


Representative Liana Cassar (D) was elected to represent District 66 in Barrington and East Providence in November 2018. She is a member of the House Committee on Small Business.
In her first year in the House, she sponsored a bill to require greater disclosure of ingredients in personal care products, and cosponsored the new law freeing natural hair braiders from having to comply with burdensome and inapplicable hairdressing licensing standards.
She has worked in the health care and public health sectors in Rhode Island and Massachusetts holding various positions focused on veterans’ health issues, public health in low-income communities, reproductive health and health care technology. She served in the Peace Corps as a community development worker in Costa Rica from 1992 to 1995.
Representative Cassar is a strategy and operations consultant for the Global Health Media Project. She is a graduate of John Jay High School in Katonah, N.Y., and holds a Master’s in public health from Boston University, an MBA from Simmons College, and bachelor’s degrees in communications and Spanish from University of Connecticut.
Representative Cassar has been a volunteer with the Barrington Public Schools and Moms Demand Action, among other groups. She is currently co-chair of the Barrington Democratic Town Committee and continues to be an active volunteer with Women's Fund of Rhode Island after serving on its board for 10 years.
She and her husband, Larson Gunness, live in Barrington with their two children, Jamie and Maria Gunness.


2 Hope Court
Barrington, RI 02806
(401) 433-9539