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/Transportation. He is also a member of the House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources and is the co-chairman of the Legislative Black and Latino Caucus. He is board member of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund.
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.
During the 2017 legislative session, Representative Tobon sponsored successful legislation that amends the Rhode Island Underground Storage Tank Financial Responsibility Act to streamline fund processes and clarify language within the law.
Representative Tobon had four bills become law during the 2016 legislative session. To crack down on sex trafficking and prostitution, he sponsored a new law that provides municipalities with the powers necessary to regulate unlicensed massage parlors. Representative Tobon also championed legislation supporting the ‘Fitting the Description’ movement that requires law enforcement to automatically destroy all pertinent arrest records for those who are victims of mistaken or wrongful arrests. He also introduced successful legislation mandating that the Resource Recovery Corporation report on the economic impact of recycling related industries in Rhode Island. To eliminate lines during elections, Representative Tobon authored a new law authorizing the use of additional poll supervisors.
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. He was born on February 3, 1982.
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