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Representative James N. McLaughlin

Member, House Committee on Finance

Member, House Finance Subcommittee on Human Services

Member, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs


James N. McLaughlin (D) represents District 57 in Cumberland and Central Falls. He was first elected in November 2010. He serves on both the House Committee on Finance and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

In 2016, Representative McLaughlin sponsored legislation that increases the cost-efficiency of the state’s school bus transportation plans. The new law allows school districts to maintain an annual registry for students requiring bus transportation to school. The database will allow each district’s bus transportation plan to be more cost efficient, saving substantial money.

In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Representative McLaughlin supported new laws to toughen penalties for gang-related crime and put Rhode Islanders back to work.

A member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Representative McLaughlin served in the United States Army and is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Representative McLaughlin is a member of the South Attleboro Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of Fatima Holy Name Society and the St. Thomas Council. He is a retired certified auto body and automotive repair technician.

Representative McLaughlin was born on Nov. 6, 1943, and is married to Gilda Rose McLaughlin. They have three children.

 CONTACT INFORMATION:
15 Garden St.
Cumberland, RI 02864
(401) 334-4946