Representative Karen L. MacBeth
Chairwoman, House Oversight Committee
Member, House Veterans Affairs Committee
Karen L. MacBeth (D) serves District 52 in Cumberland and was first elected in November 2008. She is the chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee and is a member of both the House Finance and Veterans’ Affairs Committees.
Representative MacBeth was a prime sponsor of legislation to repeal the state’s tourism tax, which was accomplished with the enactment of the Fiscal Year 2013 budget. She was cosponsor of a bill enacted in 2012 creating a commission to designate monuments for historical and cultural significance. She also cosponsored a law passed in 2013 requiring state criminal background checks for school volunteers with direct, unmonitored contact with children on school premises.
She was a member of the Cumberland School Committee from 2006 to 2008.
Representative MacBeth is the principal of Harris Elementary School in Woonsocket. She was previously a teacher in the elementary, middle school and special education levels and was the supervisor of elementary student services in Woonsocket schools.
She is a graduate of Rhode Island College with bachelor of science degrees in elementary and special education. She earned a master of arts degree from Providence College and has completed post-graduate coursework in administration and law.
Representative MacBeth has served as an assistant swim coach at the YMCA and she is a member of the Board of Directors at Candleberry Chapel.
Born on Sept. 23, 1967, Representative MacBeth has three children, Mary, Abigail and Robert.
75 Newell Drive
Cumberland, RI 02864