David Cicilline, the gay mayor of Providence, R.I., won the Democratic primary last Tuesday— and is now the front-runner in the race to replace the retiring representative Patrick Kennedy in Congress.

If successful, Cicilline will join three current openly gay members of Congress.


Cicilline, who won more than a third of the vote in a four-way race, now faces independents Kenneth Cabalbo and Gregory Raposa along with Republican John J. Loughlin II, the latter his toughest opponent.

. Cicilline was born in the South Side of Providence and then moved with his family to Narragansett, Rhode Island. He graduated Brown University magna cum laude and went on to earn a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. He served as a public defender in Washington, D.C. before returning home to open a practice in criminal defense and civil rights law. He began his political life serving four terms as state representative from Providence’s East Side before gaining the mayoral seat. He has 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.

Cicilline is pictured above at center with campaign manager Eric Hyers and Victory Fund CEO Chuck Wolfe.


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