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Representative Nicholas A. Mattiello

House Speaker


Nicholas A. Mattiello was elected by his House colleagues as Speaker of the House in March 2014, and then he was 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.

Speaker Mattiello’s focus has been on improving the state’s economy and job climate, and providing tax relief for Rhode Islanders. Under his leadership, the state budget enacted in 2017 included the first year of a six-year phase-out of the car tax. As Speaker, he has also 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.

In 2016, Speaker Mattiello sponsored the successful Rhode Island Constitutional amendment to restore the jurisdiction of the Ethics Commission over the General Assembly. It was 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 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 in Boston, 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.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:
State House, Room 323
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2466