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Representative Anastasia P. Williams

Chairwoman, House Committee on Labor

Member, House Committee on Oversight

Member, House Committee on Rules

Member, RI Black & Latino Legislative Caucus

Anastasia P. Williams (D) represents District 9 in Providence. She has served her district since first being elected in November 1992. She is the chairwoman of the House Committee on Labor and is also a member of the House Committee on Oversight and House Committee on Rules.

During the 2019 legislative session, Chairwoman Williams sponsored legislation that codifies in state law the privacy rights and reproductive freedoms guaranteed by the United States Supreme Court in the case Roe v. Wade and its progeny.  The bill was signed into law by the governor.  She also sponsored a new law, one which she has introduced for several years, which exempts natural hair braiders from the requirement to be licensed as hairdressers or cosmeticians.
Representative Williams also sponsored a successful bill in 2019 that provides that any minority business enterprise certified by the Federal Small Business Act shall be deemed certified by the Department of Administration as a minority business enterprise.
In 2018, she was a strong advocate for successful legislation which amended the state’s law on speed cameras in school zones by providing proper notice and fairer violation fines for motorists.
Representative Williams is a coordinator at First Source Providence. She has been involved in a number of organizations and causes, including United Way, Joslyn and Hartford Community centers, the West Broadway Neighborhood Association, Providence Community Action, Olneyville Housing Corporation and Providence Head Start.
A graduate of Bishop Keough Regional High School, she attended Roger Williams University. She was born on May 6, 1957 and has five children: Lisa, Dionne, Jonnathan, Eddy and Hev’n.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
32 Hammond Street
Providence, RI 02909
(401)272-8135