Senator Juan M. Pichardo
Chairman, Senate Committee on Housing & Municipal Government
Member, Senate Committee on Finance
Member, Senate Committee on Special Legislation & Veterans' Affairs
The Honorable Juan Manuel Pichardo was sworn in as the state senator representing the people of Providence, Rhode Island’s Senate District 2, on January 7, 2003.
As the first Dominican American and Latino elected to the Rhode Island Senate, he embraces his dual responsibilities of being both a strong leader and positive force for the communities he represents. His lasting commitment to his constituents has been recognized by numerous community groups and organizations. His record of leadership in the Senate is evidenced by his bi-partisan election to the position of Senate President Pro Tempore, a position never held by a Latino. Currently, is Chairman of Housing and Municipal Government Committee. A member of Senate Finance and Special Legislation -Veterans Affairs committees.
Since his historic election, Senator Pichardo has worked tirelessly for the people of the Elmwood, South Elmwood, Reservoir Triangle, and West End neighborhoods.
Senator Pichardo has used his position to lead and be an a strong voice for many issues to improve the lives of people. Among Senator Pichardo’s most central issues are Increasing higher education outcomes, addressing health disparities, promoting economic opportunity and income wealth creation for his constituents. He has been working hard and has dedicated his adult life to public services since immigrating at the age of 9 in 1975 from the Dominican Republic. He understands the struggles of life that his mother faced while raising three kids with hardly any money, while growing up in Washington Heights, NYC and Providence, RI.
Senator Pichardo is a U.S.A Veteran of 22 years as a Master Sergeant from the Rhode Island Air [Force] National Guard. During his 22 years, he served as a Security Police Specialist, Combat Video Specialist, and directed EEO Human Relations Education activities. He was given the RI Star and a special Recognition by President Barack Obama for honorable service. He holds two Associate’s Degree in Arts from the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), and Associate’s Degree in Applied Science Audio Visual Production Services, from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF). He is Graduate of the Air National Guard NCO Academy, and earned a B.A. in Political Science at Rhode Island College.
He worked for 17 years for Rhode Island Hospital/Lifespan and served on numerous boards which he co-founded the nonprofit Quisqueya In Action, which celebrates Dominican-American culture, co-founded the Rhode Island Latino Political Action Committee (RILPAC), and co-founded (DANR) the Dominican American National Round Table. In addition, he is a Leadership RI graduate (2000), and serves as Vice President of Policy of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL), a member of The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs (BHCC), the Council of State Governments (CSG), and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
He has three children, Cristian, Tiffanie, Emilio and is married to Janet [Batista], Director for Community and Family Partnerships in the Providence School Department. He is self employed as President of CTE Synergy.