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Representative John J. Lombardi

Member, House Judiciary Committee 

Member, House Special Legislation Committee

Member, House Veterans' Affairs Committee

John J. Lombardi (D) has served the residents of Providence in District 8 since first being elected in November 2012. He is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, the House Special Legislation Committee and the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

The 2020 legislative session saw Representative Lombardi sponsor legislation which establishes the Rhode Island First Step, requiring the Department of Corrections to assist offenders with reintegration into society, counseling, medical care, education, early termination to pre-release confinement for elderly and terminally ill offenders. He also sponsored a bill that provides that any rate increase with respect to electric distribution companies would be no greater than the increase in the Consumer Price Index or 5.5%, whichever is greater, unless there is approval of a higher rate by the General Assembly.

In 2019, Representative Lombardi sponsored legislation which requires mandatory training standards for police officers and trainees, in identifying, responding, and handling all incidents involving any person with a developmental disability. He also sponsored legislation that requires school committees to provide transportation for any student who resides two or more miles from school.

During the 2018 legislative session, Representative Lombardi sponsored many bills dealing with education, police training and good government legislation. He introduced a bill calling for school busing to be available to all students residing two miles from the school and several bills mandating further police training and standards when dealing with mental illness and developmental disabilities.

Born on April 30, 1952, Representative Lombardi graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in Providence in 1970, and then earned his bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College in 1975. He earned a master’s degree in education from RIC in 1982 and a law degree from Suffolk University in Boston in 1987.

In addition to his duties as a legislator, Representative Lombardi is employed as an attorney. He served on the Providence City Council for more than 26 years, including one year as acting mayor and eight years as council president. He is the former president of the Federal Hill House and Zuccolo Recreation Center.

Representative Lombardi resides in Providence with his wife, Denise.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
48 Grove St.
Providence, RI 02909
(401) 453-3900