Democratic Rep. David Cicilline Says He Will Resign To Lead Nonprofit

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He announced Tuesday that David Cicilline, Democratic Rhode Island Rep., will be stepping down from Congress at May’s end to head a non-profit group.

Cicilline stated that Rhode Island’s people have entrusted him with the sacred duty of representing them in Congress for more than a decade. It is a responsibility that I give my all every day to make life better and improve the lives of the families and residents of Rhode Island,” Cicilline said to The Boston Globe.

“It was an unexpected opportunity to lead Rhode Island Foundation, but it is an exceptional chance to have an even greater and more meaningful impact on the lives our residents.” As CEO of Rhode Island Foundation, I will bring the same energy and dedication I brought to elected office to help them achieve their mission to ensure that all Rhode Islanders have access to quality, affordable healthcare and the education and training they need to succeed.

Cicilline was first elected to Congress in 2011. He previously served as the mayor of Providence, Rhode Island. Cicilline was the chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law in the 117th Congress and is a strong advocate for breaking up Big Tech companies.

The Rhode Island Foundation was established in 1916 and distributes grant money to non profit organizations throughout the state. Its most recent financial filing shows that the group had nearly $1.35 Billion in total assets as of 2021.

“We are confident that Congressman Cicilline has the intellect and abilities to lead our Foundation and we are excited about working with him,” Dr. G. Alan Kurose (chairman of the Foundation’s board) said Tuesday. “David’s values and skills are in perfect alignment with the Rhode Island Foundation. He is dedicated to serving all Rhode Islanders as he has been throughout his public service career.”

Cicilline was the first to announce his resignation in the 118th Congress. Cicilline won by 27 points in 2022, and his seat will likely remain in Democratic hands.