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Representative Robert D. Phillips

Member, House Committee on Small Business

Member, House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare

Robert D. Phillips (D) represents District 51 in Woonsocket and Cumberland. First elected in November 2010, Representative Phillips serves as the secretary of the House Small Business Committee and is a member of the House Corporations Committee.

Representative Phillips sponsored successful legislation in 2018 that makes the Division of Motor Vehicles more efficient while also making life easier for commercial truck drivers. The first law permits the use of an electronic means of transmission of the medical certificate required for the issuance of a commercial driver’s license. The second law eliminates the requirement of examinations for a renewal applicant, whose commercial driver's license has expired for more than one year.

In 2017, he introduced an education reform law that establishes a process by which a virtual education plan may be established and used by school districts during inclement weather which would count as a school day.

In 2016, he co-sponsored legislation that makes critical updates to Rhode Island’s Administrative Procedures Act that will substantially improve Rhode Island’s regulatory climate and require all state agencies to electronically submit their annual reports.

In 2015, he co-sponsored legislation that increases the time convicted murderers must serve of their sentences before they are eligible for parole. He also co-sponsored a bill that encourages public secondary schools managed or controlled by the state to provide courses in musical performing arts as part of their curriculum.

Representative Phillips cosponsored laws making adjustments to the medical marijuana program to further ensure public safety, protecting employee wages, and supporting the arts in 2014. In 2012, he cosponsored a law prohibiting retailers of essential commodities from engaging in price gouging during a market emergency.

during a market emergency. Representative Phillips is the former chairman of the Autumnfest Steering Committee and the Milk Fund. He is member of the St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital’s Woonsocket Committee, and is the past president of the Woonsocket Jaycees. He previously served on the Tax Assessors Board of Review.

An employee at a financial institution, Representative Phillips earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island in 2005.

He was born on May 29, 1956. He and his wife, Nancy, are the parents of twin sons Matthew and Timothy and have two grandchildren, Devin and Skylar.

325 Dunlap Street
Woonsocket, RI 02895
(401) 762-2010