Representative Nicholas A. Mattiello
Nicholas A. Mattiello was elected as Speaker of the House by his colleagues on March 25, 2014, and then re-elected in January 2015 for a full two-year term. First elected in November 2006 to Represent District 15 in Cranston, he served as the House Majority Leader from February 2010 until becoming Speaker.
His focus has been on improving the state’s economy and job climate. In his first two years as Speaker, he oversaw budgets which have 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, done away with the sales tax that businesses previously paid on their utility bills, and lowered the minimum corporate tax. The budget in June 2015 was approved in an unprecedented two hours of debate on a 75 -0 vote.
He has also made certain the budgets increased aid to public education, and in 2015, it included a $20 million investment in a new statewide school construction program. The latest budget also contained job incentives and other innovative programs to attract businesses to Rhode Island. He has also made certain the state has raised the minimum wage each of the last two years. In 2015, he advocated for three new laws that strengthen oversight of the campaign finance system.
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