Jean Philippe Barros
Deputy Majority Leader
First Vice Chairman, House Committee on Municipal Government
Member, House Committee on Finance
Jean Philippe Barros (D) was first elected to House District 59 in Pawtucket in November 2014. He was named a Deputy Majority Leader at the start of the 2017 session. He sits on the House Committee on Finance and is the chairman of its Public Safety Subcommittee. He is also the first vice chairman of the House Committee on Municipal Government. Rep. Barros is the chairman of the Legislative Black and Latino Caucus.
During the 2019 legislative session, Representative Barros was the prime sponsor of an education reform initiative, signed into law, that requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to establish a fast-track program to certify new principals.
He was a co-sponsor of the 2019 passage of the Reproductive Privacy Act, which protects existing reproductive rights set forth under the landmark Roe v. Wade case from infringement at the federal level.
During the 2019 legislative session, Representative Barros co-sponsored legislation, signed into law, that authorizes state and local incremental tax revenues generated in certain economic development districts in Pawtucket to be allocated to fund improvements. The bill led to an announcement in December 2019 by a private developer who plans to build a soccer stadium and related business, retail and housing developments in Pawtucket.
In 2018, Representative Barros was the lead sponsor of legislation that amended provisions of the tax increment financing act in order to encourage municipalities to use tax increment financing to facilitate economic development. The bill was signed into law by the governor. He also sponsored legislation, which was passed by the House of Representatives, that directs the Office of Auditor General to be responsible for analyzing and reporting the impact of new or expanded charter schools.
Representative Barros was a cosponsor of the Fair Shot Agenda during the 2017 legislative session, which included the successful passage of earned paid sick days for workers, an increase in the minimum wage, and a fairer tax system for families that reduces the car tax.
During the 2016 legislative session, Representative Barros championed two successful pieces of legislation. The first supports micro businesses - small businesses of ten employees or less - by directing state departments to encourage their inclusion in public construction programs and purchases of goods and services. The second authorizes the cities of Providence and Central Falls to create an alternative academy for students having difficulty in traditional public school settings. He also co-sponsored a law that requires the sealing and destruction of all wrongful arrest records.
Prior to his election to the General Assembly, he served for six years on the Pawtucket City Council. He previously served on the Juvenile Hearing Board from 2007 to 2010 and on the Pawtucket Charter Review Commission.
A graduate of Pawtucket’s Tolman High School, he received his Associate’s Degree from the Community College of Rhode Island and his Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Springfield College. He is the deputy director of public works and code enforcement for the City of Central Falls.
Born on September 30, 1963, Representative Barros is the father of two children, Tyger Lee Barros and Zachary Robert Barros.
1 William Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860