Joseph J. Solomon Jr.
Chairman, House Committee on Municipal Government
Member, House Committee on Corporations
Member, House Committee on Oversight
Member, House Veterans' Affairs Committee
Joseph J. Solomon Jr. (D) was first elected in November 2014 as the State Representative from District 22, Warwick. He is the chairman of the House Committee on Municipal Government. He is also a member of the House Committee on Corporations, the House Committee on Oversight and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
During the 2018 session, he sponsored a law to allow existing sexual education curriculum to incorporate age-appropriate elements of effective and evidence-based programs on the law and meaning of consent in the context of existing family life courses.
In 2017, Representative Solomon introduced an animal-protection law that requires that the sheltering and nourishment of dogs conform to the industry standards established by the Tufts Animal Care and Conditions Scale. He also successfully introduced a Justice Reinvestment reform bill that allows those individuals with prior convictions for possession with intent to deliver or crimes of violence, to be eligible for the drug court program in Superior Court.
He also introduced a law that requires local law enforcement to share information with local school departments for the purposes of notifying parents of students whose bus stop is within 1000 feet of the residence of a Level 3 sex offender.
In 2016, he introduced legislation that gives certain insurance protections to condominium owners. He also successfully sponsored legislation to create a special license plate honoring and financially supporting the Rocky Point Foundation, which advocates and supports the public access and enjoyment of the former amusement park.
In his inaugural session in 2015, he cosponsored legislation that establishes regulations and standards for distance learning educational programs. Distance learning is a method of delivering education and instruction, often on an individual basis, to students who are not physically present in a traditional setting, such as a classroom. He also co-sponsored legislation that legislation that increases from 300 feet to 1,000 feet the distance within which a registered sex offender may not reside near a school. Representative Solomon also supported and cosponsored legislation that amends the Workers' Compensation Act by authorizing the delivery of weekly benefits to injured workers through the use of electronic fund transfers.
An attorney and business owner, he is licensed to practice law in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia, as well as the U.S. District Courts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association.
Born September 4, 1983, Representative Solomon graduated in 2001 from Bishop Hendricken High School, received his Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Providence College in 2005, and obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from New England Law Boston in 2008.
54 Hess Avenue
Warwick, RI 02889