Democratic Rep. Cicilline to Leave Congress and Lead Rhode Island Foundation in June

Democratic Representative David Cicilline has announced that he will be leaving Congress on June 1 to lead the Rhode Island Foundation.

Cicilline, who has served in the House of Representatives since 2011, made the announcement on Wednesday, February 21. He will resign from his seat in Congress to take on the role of president and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation, a community foundation based in Providence.

In a statement, Cicilline said he was “honored and humbled” to have been chosen for the position. He said he looks forward to working with the foundation’s board and staff to “further the Foundation’s mission of building a stronger, more equitable and more prosperous Rhode Island.”

The Rhode Island Foundation has been around since 1916 and is the largest and oldest community foundation in the state. It works to support local nonprofits and initiatives that help the community.

Cicilline, a Democrat, was first elected to Congress from Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District in 2010. He was re-elected in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018. During his tenure in Congress, he served on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Cicilline’s departure from Congress will leave a vacancy in Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District. It is not yet known who will fill the seat.

In his statement, Cicilline thanked his constituents for their support over the years and said he was “eternally grateful” for the opportunity to serve in the House of Representatives. He said he is looking forward to his new role and is excited to be part of the foundation’s work to create a better Rhode Island.