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Representative Susan R. Donovan

Representative Susan R. Donovan

Deputy Majority Leader

Second Vice Chair, House Health and Human Services Committee

Member, House Education Committee

Member, House Oversight Committee

Member, House Veterans' Affairs Committee

Susan Donovan (D) has represented District 69 in Bristol and Portsmouth since first being elected in November 2016. She was named a Deputy Majority Leader in January 2021. Representative Donovan is the second vice chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee and is a member of the House Oversight Committee, including serving as chair of that committee’s Aging and Senior Services Subcommittee. She is also a member of the House Education Committee and the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

She has sponsored or cosponsored many environmental measures, wage and gender equity legislation and bills to improve the lives of children and families, including a law to help ensure effectiveness of Child Opportunity Zones and another that bans conversion therapy for minors.

Representative Donovan is a retired public school teacher and, in 2008, she was named Bristol Warren Teacher of the Year. She worked as an education consultant at the Brown University Institute of Community Health Promotion. She is chair and a founding member of the East Bay of Rhode Island Habitat for Humanity Chapter and board member and education coordinator of the environmental organization Save Bristol Harbor, which fought the transport of LNG through Narragansett Bay. She was the recording secretary of the Bristol Democratic Town Committee and is a member of the Bristol Rotary Club. In addition to her other activities, Representative Donovan serves as a choir and past vestry member of St. Michael’s Church in Bristol.

Representative Donovan earned a B.S. in Health and Physical Education as well as a Master’s Degree in School Administration from Rhode Island College. She lives in Bristol with her husband, Glenn. They have three adult children: Colleen, Cara (Jonathan Mitchell) and Glenn, who resides in Bristol with his wife, Erin, and their three children.

2 Rego Avenue
Bristol, RI 02809