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Representative John J. Lombardi

Member, House Environment and Natural Resources Committee

Member, House Small Business 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 Committee on Environment and Natural Resources as well as the House Committee on Small Business.

During the 2016 legislative session, Representative Lombardi sponsored legislation that became law which makes people who complete a deferred sentence agreement immediately eligible for expungement of all arrest records if they have complied with all terms and conditions of the deferred sentence agreement. He also cosponsored a bill that directs school superintendents to review discipline data to determine unequal impact on students based on race, ethnicity, or disability status and respond to any disparity and sets out of school supervision standards. Representative Lombardi also cosponsored bills to add sexual trafficking as a registerable offense on the state’s sex offender database and create a commission to train and instruct police officers to identify complaints involving mental health or substance abuse emergencies.

In the 2015 legislative session, Representative Lombardi sponsored legislation that directs school superintendents to review and respond to disciplinary data where there is an unequal impact on students based on race, ethnicity, or disability and prohibiting out of school suspensions unless the student’s conduct meets certain standards. The House passed his legislation that established a definition of dyslexia and implemented dyslexia screening efforts. He also sponsored legislation that limited the increases in rates that electric distribution companies may impose without General Assembly approval.

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