Representative David A. Bennett
Chairman, House Environment and Natural Resources Committee
Member, House Health and Human Services Committee
Member, House Judiciary Committee
David A. Bennett has served District 20 in Warwick since first being elected in November 2010. A psychiatric nurse, Representative Bennett is the chairman of the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee, and is a member of the House Health and Human Services Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.
He has been a strong and successful proponent for raising Rhode Island’s minimum wage. In 2012, he sponsored legislation that increased the minimum wage for the first time since 2007, from $7.40 an hour to $7.75. In subsequent years, he was the architect behind six more raises, bringing the minimum wage to $11.50 in October 2020.
He has also been active on health care and addiction issues, serving as co-chairman of the Joint Legislative Commission to Study the Integration of Primary Care and Behavioral Health and sponsoring many bills related to health. In 2019, he was the sponsor of legislation that enhanced the requirements that people with knowledge of mistreatment or neglect of elders report it to authorities. In 2020 he sponsored legislation to ensure hospital conversions comply with antitrust laws.
He was the architect of Rhode Island’s law requiring automated external defibrillators at public places that hold 300 or more people. He has sponsored numerous successful initiatives aimed at addressing the opioid crisis, including the law requiring all high schools and middle schools to have an opioid antagonist kit (Narcan) to prevent overdose deaths, and several others aimed increasing oversight of prescription drugs, making opioid antagonists more readily available and ensuring follow-up care for overdose patients.
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network honored Representative Bennett in 2019 for his longtime support for its initiatives and for going public with his efforts to quit smoking.
A graduate of Toll Gate High School, the Community College of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College, he is a member of the American Nurses Association, Rhode Island Nurses Association, the Sierra Club, the Rhode Island Motorcycle Association and Apponaug Old Timers.
Representative Bennett was born on April 8, 1955. He resides in Warwick with his wife Ann and daughter, Giana.
27 Shippee Avenue
Warwick, RI 02886