Representative Deborah A. Fellela
Senior Deputy Majority Leader
Second Vice Chair, House Conduct Committee
Member, House Labor Committee
Member, House Oversight Committee
Member, House Veterans' Affairs Committee
Deborah A. Fellela (D) represents District 43 in Johnston. First elected to her seat in November 2006, Representative Fellela is the Senior Deputy Majority Leader, making her a member of the House Leadership Team. She is the second vice chair of the House Conduct Committee and is a member of the House Labor Committee, the House Oversight Committee and the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
During the 2019 session, she cosponsored a child-protection law specifying the circumstances when the Office of the Child Advocate would investigate child fatalities. She also cosponsored animal protection legislation that requires pet trainers to be licensed.
In 2016, she worked in conjunction with the governor’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force to craft legislation aimed at addressing the opioid overdose crisis. She introduced legislation improve the usefulness and value of the prescription drug monitoring database program by adding analytical functions, and allowing pharmacists to see all prescriptions for a patient. The new law helps detect abhorrent prescribing and dispensing patterns.
During the 2015 session, Representative Fellela co-sponsored legislation that requires health insurers who provide coverage for the treatment of mental health and substance abuse disorders to rely upon criteria of the American Society of Addiction Medicine when developing coverage for levels of care for substance use disorder treatment. The legislation was an important updating of the law regarding treatment of addiction.
Several laws she sponsored during her 2013-2014 term work to foster a better atmosphere for Rhode Island’s large veteran community.
She was previously a member of the School Improvement Team at the Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School in Providence and a member of the PTO at Barnes Elementary School in Johnston. She is also a communicant at Our Lady of Grace Church and a housing commissioner for the Johnston Housing Authority.
A 1974 graduate of East Providence High School, Representative Fellela retired in July 2020 after 28 years with the Providence School Department.
She was born Nov. 16, 1956. She is married to Henry and they have four children: Henry III, Matthew, Kyle and Ally.
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Johnston, RI 02919