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Representative Robert D. Phillips

Member, House Committee on Small Business

Member, House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare


Robert D. Phillips (D) represents District 51 in Woonsocket and Cumberland. First elected in November 2010, he serves as a member of both the House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare and the House Committee on Small Business.

In 2016, Representative Phillips co-sponsored legislation to update Rhode Island’s Administrative Procedures Act. The overhaul substantially improves Rhode Island’s regulatory climate and streamlines communication between state agencies by requiring them to electronically submit their annual reports.

In 2015, Representative Phillips co-sponsored legislation that increased the amount of time convicted murderers must serve of their sentences before they are eligible for parole. He also co-sponsored a bill that encouraged more musical and performing arts instruction in public high schools.

Representative Phillips cosponsored laws making adjustments to the medical marijuana program to further ensure public safety, protecting employee wages, and supporting the arts in 2014. In 2012, he cosponsored a law prohibiting retailers of essential commodities from engaging in price gouging during a market emergency.

Representative Phillips is the former chairman of the Autumnfest Steering Committee and the Milk Fund, both in Woonsocket. He is member of the St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital’s Woonsocket Committee, and is the past president of the Woonsocket Jaycees. He previously served on the Woonsocket Tax Assessors Board of Review.

Representative Phillips earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island in 2005.

He was born on May 29, 1956. He and his wife, Nancy, are the parents of twin sons Matthew and Timothy and have two grandchildren, Devin and Skylar.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
325 Dunlap Street
Woonsocket, RI 02895
(401) 762-2010