Representative Scott A. Slater
Deputy Majority Leader
First Vice-Chairman, House Committee on Oversight
Member, House Committee on Finance
Chairman, House Finance Subcommittee on General Government
Member, House Finance Subcommittee on Human Services
Member, House Finance Subcommittee on Environment/Transportation
Member, House Committee on Rules
Scott A. Slater (D) has served the people of Providence in District 10 since winning a special election in November 2009 to fill the seat held after the passing of his father, Thomas Slater. He is a Deputy Majority Leader, the first vice chairman of the House Committee on Oversight, and serves as a member of the House Committee on Finance and the House Committee on Rules. He is the chairman of the Committee on Finance’s Subcommittee on General Government.
During the 2017 session, Representative Slater sponsored legislation that would give the Department of Labor and Training the jurisdiction to review claims alleging that employers had improperly inquired about an applicant’s criminal history on an employment application. The bill, which strengthens legislation Representative Slater passed in 2013, was signed into law by the governor.
Representative Slater also reintroduced legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana for Rhode Island adults 21 and older.
He is the co-chairman of the Legislative Oversight Commission of the Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act, which was named after his father. In the 2016 legislative session, Representative Slater sponsored legislation that became law that adds post-traumatic stress disorder to the definition of “debilitating medical condition” for the purposes of qualifying for medical marijuana. In 2012, the General Assembly enacted legislation introduced by Rep. Slater addressing concerns over the opening of medical marijuana dispensaries, also known as compassion centers.
In 2016, Representative Slater also sponsored and fought for legislation that addresses low pay in the nursing home industry by restoring the nursing home inflationary index and directly targeting those funds to increase wages for nursing home workers.
As a champion for affordable housing opportunities, Rep. Slater received the Senator Jack Reed Advocacy Award by the R.I. Coalition for the Homeless in 2015.
In 2014, laws were enacted based on his legislation, including a requirement for a criminal background check for firefighter applicants and two dealing with litter laws – one providing for increases in fines and the other providing for a share of litter fine revenues with local law enforcement agencies. His 2013 legislation created the “Quality Family Child Care Act” to give a stronger voice to child care providers.
In 2012, the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island presented Representative Slater with the Bell of Hope Award, honoring him for his commitment to tackling mental health issues. He has received similar accolades, including the Legislator of the Year Award from the Rhode Island Communities for Addiction Recovery Efforts (RICARES) and the Government Service Award from NeighborWorks America.
Aside from his legislative duties, he works as a budget analyst for the city of Providence. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Bryant University. Born on May 28, 1975, he is married to Bianca Rodriguez and they have two daughters, Mia and Madeline.
74 Sawyer Street
Providence, RI 02907