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Senator Gayle L. Goldin

 

Deputy Majority Whip

Vice Chairwoman, Senate Committee on Health & Human Services

Member, Senate Committee on Labor

 

Senator Gayle L. Goldin (Democrat - District 3, Providence) was first elected to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2012.

As a newly elected senator, she championed the passage of Temporary Caregiver Insurance, making Rhode Island the third state to have paid family leave and the first to do so with job protection. Since then, she has successfully led efforts to expand the earned income tax credit, increase the tipped minimum wage, improve access to child care, protect student journalists’ freedom of speech, strengthen protections for LGBTQ youth, ensure that pregnant teenagers can consent to their own medical care, and create automatic voter and electronic registration. Senator Goldin has also introduced legislation to repeal Rhode Island’s voter ID law, ban high capacity magazines, strengthen sexual harassment protections, ensure pay equity, and require presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns. She is the lead sponsor of the Reproductive Health Care Act, a bill that will continue to protect the right to an abortion in accordance with existing federal and state case law.

Senator Goldin is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Congressional Angels in Adoption Award, the 2014 Bell of Hope Award from the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island, 2014 Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN) Legislator of the Year award, Capital Caregiver from AARP, and Isabel Ahearn O’Neill Award from the YWCA of Rhode Island. She has also authored several opinion pieces in Glamour, Salon, The Hill, The Jewish Forward, Huffington Post and the Providence Journal.

Senator Goldin graduated from McGill University with a B.A. in English Literature and earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Tufts University. She currently serves as a campaign advisor to Family Values @ Work. Previously, she served as the Strategic Initiatives Officer at the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, and as a consultant in the nonprofit sector. She began her career in Rhode Island working at a national organization focused on increasing access to health care for the uninsured.

Senator Goldin lives with her husband, Jeff Levy, and their two children.

Senator Goldin can be reached at: (401) 276-5568.