Representative Patricia A. Serpa
Chairwoman, House Small Business Committee
Member, House Finance Committee
Member, House Oversight Committee
Member, Joint Committee on Economic Development
Patricia A. Serpa (D) represents District 27 in West Warwick, Coventry and Warwick. She serves as chairwoman of the House Small Business Committee, and is co-vice chairwoman of the House Rules Committee. Additionally, the representative serves as a member of the House Finance, Corporations and Oversight committees.
She has been a champion of mental health and small business issues since her election to the office in November 2006.
During the 2015 session, Representative Serpa sponsored a law that provides coverage for seven days of residential or inpatient services for opioid treatment to be included within the appropriate classification. She also introduced legislation that authorizes pharmacists to perform limited function clinical laboratory tests. Representative Serpa also sponsored a bill that increases the time convicted murderers must serve of their sentences before they are eligible for parole.
In 2014, the General Assembly passed a bill she sponsored, requiring insurers to provide coverage for the treatment of mental health and substance abuse disorders under the same terms and conditions as coverage provided for other illnesses and diseases.
During her most recent term as state representative, she also sponsored laws regulating the use of epinephrine auto-injectors to treat allergic reactions, increasing penalties for texting while driving, protecting the physical well-being of animals, and making changes to teacher tenure laws in order to give educators the opportunity to gain administrative experience with an unpaid leave option.
Representative Serpa spent six years on the West Warwick School Committee from 2000 to 2006. She is an associate member of the West Warwick Democratic Town Committee and is involved with the Sons of Italy, Vince Lombardi Lodge, Defenders of Animals and the West Warwick Lions Club.
A retired public school educator and admissions officer, she holds a master’s degree in education from Providence College after earning her bachelor’s degree in the same study at Mount St. Joseph College. She lives in West Warwick.
194 Kimberly Lane
West Warwick, RI 02893