Goldin named Senate deputy majority whip
STATE HOUSE – Sen. Gayle L. Goldin has been appointed deputy majority whip of the Senate by Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio.
Senator Goldin (D-Dist. 3, Providence) was first elected to the Senate in 2012 and serves as vice chairwoman of its Health and Human Services Committee. She is also a member of the Senate Labor Committee and the Senate Democratic Policy Caucus. She is the former co-chair of the RI Democratic Party’s Women’s Caucus and was previously a member of the Rhode Island Commission on Women and Girls.
She has been recognized nationally and in Rhode Island for her legislative work, including receiving the Isabel Ahearn O’Neill award from the YWCA of Rhode Island, Capital Caregiver Award from AARP, and was named a Congressional Angel in Adoption. Senator Goldin has also received the Bell of Hope Award from the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN) Legislator of the Year award. In 2014 she was named one of the Women’s Campaign Fund’s 40 national Game Changers.
Senator Goldin also serves as FMLI Campaign Advisor to Family Values @ Work. Prior to joining Family Values @ Work, she was the Strategic Initiatives Officer at the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, and served as a consultant in the nonprofit sector. She began her career in Rhode Island working to address the lack of access to health care for the uninsured.
In her first year in the Senate, she sponsored successful legislation creating Temporary Caregiver Insurance, making Rhode Island the third state to have paid family leave and the first to do so with job protection. Since then, she has sponsored successful bills to expand the earned income tax credit, increase the tipped minimum wage, improve access to child care, protect student journalists’ freedom of speech, strengthen protections for LGBTQ youth, ensure that pregnant teenagers can consent to their own medical care, and create automatic voter and electronic registration. She is the lead sponsor of the Rhode Island Reproductive Health Care Act to codify Roe v. Wade protections in state law.
She holds a master’s in public policy from Tufts University and a bachelor’s in English literature from McGill University.
For more information, contact:
Meredyth R. Whitty, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903