Representative Nicholas A. Mattiello
Nicholas A. Mattiello was elected by his House colleagues as Speaker of the House on March 25, 2014, and then re-elected in January 2015 and January 2017 for full two-year terms. First elected in November 2006 to represent District 15 in Cranston, he served as the House Majority Leader from February 2010 until becoming Speaker.
In 2016, Speaker Mattiello sponsored the successful Rhode Island Constitutional amendment to restore the jurisdiction of the Ethics Commission over the General Assembly. The amendment closes a constitutional loophole created by the Rhode Island Supreme Court which granted legislative immunity to General Assembly members for purposes of conflicts of interests under the state’s ethics code. The amendment is the latest in a series of good government reforms passed by the General Assembly under Speaker Mattiello. During his tenure, the legislature also eliminated the “Master Lever” and passed campaign finance and lobbying reform laws.
Speaker Mattiello’s focus has been on improving the state’s economy and job climate. The first three budgets under his leadership reduced the corporate tax to the lowest rate in the Northeast, raised the exemption on the estate tax, eliminated the income tax for many Social Security recipients and other retirees, done away with the sales tax that businesses previously paid on their utility bills, and lowered the minimum corporate tax.
Those budgets also ensured three successive increases to public education aid, and in 2015, the budget included a $20 million investment in a new statewide school construction program. Under his stewardship, the state has also invested in new job incentive credits as well as other innovative programs to attract businesses to Rhode Island. This includes the passage of Majority Leader Joseph Shekarchi’s Qualified Jobs Incentive Act, which helped attract Fortune 500 companies Johnson & Johnson and General Electric to Rhode Island.
Speaker Mattiello is a 1981 graduate of La Salle Academy, a 1985 graduate of Boston College with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, and a 1988 graduate of Suffolk University School of Law, and is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association. He is a self-employed attorney with an office in Cranston.
Speaker Mattiello is a member of the St. Mary's Feast Society and Oaklawn Grange. He previously coached baseball in the Cranston Western Little League and at the Cranston-Johnston Regional Catholic Middle School.
Speaker Mattiello, who was born on May 16, 1963, is a life-long Rhode Islander and a Democrat. He and his wife Mary Ann are the parents of two sons, Nicholas and Anthony.
State House, Room 323
Providence, RI 02903