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Representative June Speakman

Second Vice Chair, House Municipal Government and Housing Committee

Member, House Environment and Natural Resources Committee

Member, House Health and Human Services Committee

Member, House Oversight Committee

Representative June S. Speakman was elected to represent District 68 in Warren and Bristol in a special election in March 2019 and won reelection in November 2020. She is the second vice chair of the Municipal Government and Housing Committee and is a member of the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee, the House Health and Human Services Committee and the House Oversight Committee. Representative Speakman is also a delegate to the New England Board of Higher Education.

In her first term in the House, Representative Speakman sponsored new laws to help modernize food safety and to increase representation of affected individuals on the state commission on traumatic brain injuries. She introduced legislation to require the Department of Health to establish maximum contaminate levels of polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water, and has been a strong advocate for environmental protection and climate change resiliency.

A resident of Warren, Representative Speakman was a member of the Planning Board prior to her election to the House. Before moving to Warren, she lived in Barrington, where she served on the Barrington Town Council from 2002 through 2016, and was its president for the final eight of those years. She has served on the executive committees of Barrington Democratic Town Committee, the Warren Democratic Town Committee and the Rhode Island Democratic Party Women’s Caucus. She was elected as an Obama delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention and served on the Rhode Island Democratic Party Platform Committee in 2016.

She has long been interested in housing policy and is a member of the advisory board for HousingWorks RI, having also served on the State Housing Appeals Board from 2010 to 2016. She is a member of the board of the Washington Internship Institute.

Having previously taught at Rutgers University and the Claremont Colleges, in 1995 Representative Speakman joined the faculty of the Department of Politics and International Relations at Roger Williams University, where she teaches American politics, state and local government and public policy. She has served in numerous leadership positions at the university, including department chair, Faculty Senate president and president of the RWU Faculty Association (NEARI).

Representative Speakman holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Massachusetts, Amherst; a master’s degree in economics from the New School for Social Research and a Ph.D. in political science from City University of New York. Born in Boston on January 21, 1954, she, her two brothers and her sister grew up in West Roxbury, Mass. She graduated from Girls’ Latin School in Dorchester, Mass.

A resident of Warren, she is the mother of two adult sons, Jason and Adam.

CONTACT:
54 Seymour St.
Warren, RI 02885
401-258-1134