Representative Scott A. Slater
Deputy Majority Leader
First Vice Chairman, House Committee on Finance
Member, House Committee on Oversight
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 and the first vice chairman of the House Committee on Finance. He also serves as a member of the House Committee on Oversight and the House Committee on Rules, and is the vice chairman of the Permanent Joint Committee on State Lottery.
In 2018, Representative Slater sponsored a successful bill which allows criminal conviction records to be expunged if the offense has been decriminalized since the conviction. He also sponsored legislation that would raise the earned income tax credit to 20 percent and a bill to increase the hourly rate for direct care staff.
During the 2017 session, Representative Slater sponsored successful legislation that gives 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 strengthened legislation Representative Slater passed in 2013.
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.
Representative Slater has also been an advocate for legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana for Rhode Island adults 21 and older.
In 2016, Representative Slater also successfully sponsored 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.
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