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Representative Shelby Maldonado

Shelby Maldonado

Deputy Majority Leader

Second Vice Chairwoman, House Committee on Municipal Government

Second Vice Chairwoman, House Committee on Conduct

Member, House Health, Education and Welfare Committee

Member, House Committee on Small Business

Member, House Committee on Special Legislation

Shelby Maldonado (D) was first elected in November 2014 to the House of Representatives in District 56, Central Falls. She was named a Deputy Majority Leader in January 2019. She is the second vice chairwoman of both the House Committee on Municipal Government and the House Committee on Conduct, and she is a member of the House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare, the House Committee on Small Business and the House Committee on Special Legislation.

During the 2018 session, she sponsored a law that will continue the status quo relating to operator and chauffeur’s licenses to approved recipients under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. She also chaired a special commission to study the Minimum Housing Act, which made several recommendations to the General Assembly on how to help cities and towns meet the requirements found in the main law and rethinking what it means to meet the requirements of minimum housing.

In 2017, she introduced a justice-reform bill that requires that cities and towns comply with certain procedures when prosecuting defendants such as the right to counsel, and amends the penalties imposed for ordinance violations. She also successfully introduced the Uniform Act on the Prevention and Remedies for Human Trafficking, which establishes penalties and remedies for human trafficking.

She also introduced two workers’ right bills that were signed into law. The first creates a statutory vehicle for the creation and functioning of workers' cooperatives which are corporations that are owned and democratically governed by their members. The second amends the worksharing law by allowing employers more flexibility in the reduction of work hours among its employees and by allowing more leeway on the start date of an adopted worksharing plan.

During the same session, she introduced an education-reform law that establishes the College Crusade of Rhode Island, a nonprofit organization, as the entity that will administer and operate all program services and manage scholarship resources.

In 2016, Representative Maldonado was appointed chairwoman of a special legislative commission to study the Low and Moderate Income Housing Act and its compliance by cities and towns. The commission was created by a House resolution that was introduced by Representative Maldonado.

She was also one of 48 state leaders from across the nation selected for the prestigious Henry Toll Fellowship Program sponsored by the Council of State Governments in 2016.

During her first legislative session in 2015, she championed civil rights legislation for women, sponsoring a bill that prohibits employers from discriminating against, and failing to provide reasonable accommodations for, employees due to pregnancy or medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth. She also sponsored a law that removes the requirement that a person convicted of and sentenced for a crime be presently serving an initial term of imprisonment prior to requesting forensic DNA testing.

Prior to her election to the House, she was a member of the Central Falls City Council.

Born July 24, 1987, she graduated from Central Falls High School and received her degree, majoring in political science and communication studies, from the University of Rhode Island in 2009.

She previously served in the Peace Corps in Africa.

P.O. Box 6506, Central Falls, RI 02863
(401) 340-8833