Representative Camille F.J. Vella Wilkinson
First Vice Chair, House Committee on Conduct
Member, House Committee on Finance
Member, House Committee on Judiciary
Member, House Committee on Rules
Member, House Committee on Veterans' Affiars
Camille F.J. Vella-Wilkinson (D) represents District 21 in Warwick. She was first elected in November 2016. She is the first vice chairwoman of the House Committee on Conduct and she is a member of the House Committee on Finance, the House Committee on Judiciary, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the House Committee on Rules.
During the 2018 session, she introduced two veterans-related bills that have been signed into law. The first directs the Department of Education to utilize the federal Troops to Teachers program, and further provides that the implementation of the program would be contingent on federal funding. The second measure, the Military Property Tax Exemption bill, eliminates the requirement for a veteran to have achieved a Campaign Ribbon or Expeditionary Medal to qualify for state veterans benefits.
Also in 2018, she graduated from the Eastern Leadership Academy, a fellowship program designed to enhance the leadership abilities of state officials from all three branches of government. The fellowship took place at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
In her inaugural session in 2017, she introduced a veterans’ affairs reform law that changes the veterans' services strategic plan advisory committee to provide effective support for veterans and to collaborate and coordinate existing state, federal, and private veterans' services to meet and exceed the needs and expectations of Rhode Island veterans and their families.
In 2017 she began an annual veterans’ outreach program at the State House, affording veterans the opportunity to meet their legislators and learn of the various programs available to them. For her efforts, the Rhode Island Veterans of Foreign Wars presented her with its 2018 Legislative Award.
Before being elected state representative, Vella-Wilkinson served three terms on the Warwick City Council, from 2011 to 2016, with two terms as finance chairwoman. She was state commissioner on the Rhode Island Commission for Human Relations from 1999 to 2016. She has also served as the City of Warwick Veterans liaison from 2011 to 2016.
In 2016, she was honored with the Legislator of the Year award from the Disabled American Veterans, the YMCA Woman of Achievement award and the American Legion Post 43 Auxiliary Female Veteran of the Year award.
She is an alumna of the URI Schmidt Labor Research Center and Leadership Rhode Island (2006), a member of American Legion Post 43, Military Officers Association of America and St. Benedict’s Daughters of Isabella Circle 423.
A retired Navy officer, she is self-employed as a work-readiness coach. She graduated from St. Edmund High School in Brooklyn in 1974. She received a bachelor’s degree in English and psychology from Long Island University in 1979. She received her master’s degree in labor relations from the University of Rhode Island and juris doctor degree from Roger Williams University in 2006.
Representative Vella-Wilkinson was born on Dec. 29, 1956. She is married to Kenneth and they have one child, Ian. Her website is vellawilkinson.com.
786 Church Ave.
Warwick, RI 02889