Michael A. Morin
Deputy Majority Leader
Second Vice Chairman, House Committee on Corporations
Member, House Committee on Finance
Member, House Committee on Small Business
Michael A. Morin (D) was first elected to serve the people of District 49 in Woonsocket in a special election in February 2014 to fill a seat previously held by Lisa Baldelli Hunt, who was elected mayor of Woonsocket. He was named a Deputy Majority Leader in January 2019. He is a member of the House Finance Committee, serving as the chairman of its General Government Subcommittee. He is the second vice chairman of the House Committee on Corporations and is a member of the House Committee on Small Business and the Permanent Joint Committee on State Lottery.
A strong advocate of government reform, Representative Morin introduced campaign finance reform legislation during the 2018 session to tighten the requirements of public officials for campaign contribution and expenditure reporting. He also sponsored legislation urging Gov. Gina Raimondo to designate several communities in the Blackstone Valley as Qualified Opportunity Zones, taking advantage of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide. That designation became official early in June.
In 2017, Representative Morin introduced a child-protection law that prohibits the manufacture, sale, and distribution of residential upholstered children's products that contain certain amounts of bromide or chlorine bonded to carbon that is added to a plastic, foam, or textile. He also successfully sponsored legislation that creates a veteran's preference in the issuance of state contracts
In the 2016 session, he introduced legislation to assist Rhode Island’s growing brewery and distillery industries and to encourage an increasingly popular segment of the tourism industry. The new law allows breweries and distilleries to sell limited amounts of their products to visitors for sampling and off-site consumption
In his first term, he sponsored successful legislation to attract large-scale theatrical tours and productions to the Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket by expanding the state’s musical and theatrical production tax credit program to include venues of its size.
In 2015, he sponsored successful legislation aimed at encouraging music education in all public high schools, and cosponsored legislation that increased the penalties for sex trafficking of a minor.
Representative Morin is retired captain from the Woonsocket Fire Department, where he served as assistant deputy state fire marshal. He was a department member for 28 years and is the former president of the Woonsocket Firefighters, Local 732. He is a member of the Woonsocket Rotary Club and is on the Board of Directors for the Stadium Theatre.
He is a 1983 graduate of Woonsocket High School and holds a degree in fire sciences from the Community College of Rhode Island.
A resident of 180 Allen St., Representative Morin has lived in Woonsocket for more than 40 years. Born on December 1, 1965, he is the youngest of seven children of Ann Marie (Danis) Morin and the late George Morin, the former principal of Woonsocket High School.