Carlos E. Tobon
First Vice Chairman, House Committee on Veterans' Affiars
Member, House Committee on Finance
Carlos E. Tobon (D) was first elected in November 2014 to the House of Representatives from District 58 in Pawtucket. He is the first vice-chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and is a member of the House Committee on Finance, serving as the chairman of its Subcommittee on Environment and Transportation. He is also a member of the House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. He is a board member of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund.
During the 2019 legislative session, Representative Tobon 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.
He also sponsored a 2019 law which provides financial protections to Rhode Islanders who have gone unpaid as a result of government shutdowns.
Representative Tobon was a key advocate for a budget item during the 2018 session that eliminated a requirement for brewers to pay sales tax on kegs they purchase to fill with beer and then sell to distributors. He also saw legislation become law that requires state officials to give “great weight to the detrimental impact that the placement of such a facility shall have on its surrounding communities” before approving solid waste management facilities.
Representative Tobon’s past public service includes memberships on the Central Falls Board of Trustees, Pawtucket Business Development Corporation, United Way of RI Advisory Council, Blackstone Academy Charter School, and Books Are Wings.
Employed in the insurance industry, Representative Tobon is a reserve petty officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.
He graduated in 2000 from Tolman High School, Pawtucket, and attended the Community College of Rhode Island and the University of Rhode Island. He and his wife, Alejandra, are parents of a son, Carlos Esteban Tobon. Representative Tobon was born on February 3, 1982.
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Providence, RI 02903