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Representative Carlos E. Tobon

Carlos E. Tobon

Deputy Majority Leader 

First Vice Chair, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Member, House Innovation, Internet and Technology Committee

Member, House Committee on Finance

Carlos E. Tobon (D) was first elected in November 2014 to the House of Representatives from District 58 in Pawtucket. He is a Deputy Majority Leader. Representative Tobon is the first vice chair of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and is a member of the House Innovation, Internet and Technology Committee and the House Finance Committee, serving as the chairman of its Subcommittee on Environment and Transportation. He is a board member of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund.

The Council of State Governments presented Representative Tobon with its Under 40 Leadership Award in 2020. He was one of 20 public officials, under age 40, honored from throughout the country.

In 2020, Representative Tobon sponsored legislation which requires public utilities and electric distribution companies to provide prompt and adequate service to its rate payers relating to new service and service upgrades. He also sponsored a bill that requires all high school students attending public schools to demonstrate proficiency in computer science. A bill that requires all students in K-12 grades to perform a minimum amount of community service each school year and would grant them the option to perform certain forms of community service for academic credit was also sponsored by him.

During the 2019 legislative session, Representative Tobon sponsored legislation, signed into law, that authorizes state and local incremental tax revenues generated in certain economic development districts in Pawtucket to be allocated to fund improvements. The bill led to an announcement in December 2019 by a private developer who plans to build a soccer stadium and related business, retail and housing developments in Pawtucket.

He also sponsored a 2019 law which provides financial protections to Rhode Islanders who have gone unpaid as a result of government shutdowns.

Representative Tobon’s past public service includes memberships on the Central Falls Board of Trustees, Pawtucket Business Development Corporation, United Way of RI Advisory Council, Blackstone Academy Charter School, and Books Are Wings.

Employed in the insurance industry, Representative Tobon is a reserve petty officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.

He graduated in 2000 from Tolman High School, Pawtucket, and attended the Community College of Rhode Island and the University of Rhode Island. He and his wife, Alejandra, are parents of a son, Carlos Esteban Tobon, and a daughter, Amber Tobon. Representative Tobon was born on February 3, 1982.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
State House, 82 Smith Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401)365-4063

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