David Cicilline is a Jewish American politician and current Representative in Congress from Rhode Island.
Cicilline (born July 15, 1961) was born on the South Side of Providence, Rhode Island, and later moved with his family to Narragansett, Rhode Island. His mother is Jewish and father an Italian American. In 1983, he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in political science from Brown University, where as an undergraduate he established a branch of the College Democrats with his classmate, the late John F. Kennedy, Jr. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and served as a public defender in the District of Columbia before returning to Rhode Island to open a practice in civil rights law and criminal defense.
Cicilline began his career in public service in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, where he represented the East Side of Providence and a neighboring section of Pawtucket for four terms. He quickly earned a reputation as a fierce champion of political reform and gun safety, and his dedication to ethics in government won him Common Cause’s #1 ranking.
In 2002, Cicilline was elected mayor of the City of Providence and was the first openly gay mayor of a U.S. state capital. Under Cicilline's leadership, Providence saw $3 billion in new investment and restored vibrancy to downtown and the 25 neighborhoods of the city. Under his leadership, Providence saw crime drop to its lowest rate in 30 years. The city also began expansive educational reform, with a new core curriculum, award-winning after-school programs, and a revamp of facilities and teacher hiring guidelines.
On November 2, 2010, Cicilline was elected as a Democrat to be U.S. Representative for Rhode Island's 1st congressional district. He has been reelected four times, most recently 2018.