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Representative Anastasia P. Williams

Member, House Committee on Corporations

Member, House Committee on Oversight

Member, RI Black & Latino Legislative Caucus

Anastasia P. Williams (D) represents District 9 in Providence. Representative Williams has served her district since first being elected in November 1992. She is a member of the House Committee on Corporations and the House Committee on Oversight.

During the 2017 legislative session, Representative Williams sponsored many pieces of legislation, such as a bill that would exempt natural hair braiders from the requirement to be licensed as hairdressers or cosmeticians, and defines the practice of natural hair braiding. She also sponsored legislation, at no cost to the state, that allows a person who is bilingual or not proficient in the English language to be assisted in their road test by a translator of their native language who is at least 18 years of age.

In the 2016 legislative session, Representative Williams sponsored a bill to create a special license plate honoring labor activist Cesar E. Chavez, which became law. She also sponsored legislation that would permit a petition for adoption by grandparents without the non-custodial parents’ consent if the child is in sole custody of the grandparents. Representative Williams also sponsored legislation that would grant driving privilege licenses to undocumented immigrants. She also continued to advocate for more diversity within the Rhode Island Judicial System after several judgeships became open.

Representative Williams is a coordinator at First Source Providence. She has been involved in a number of organizations and causes, including United Way, Joslyn and Hartford Community centers, the West Broadway Neighborhood Association, Providence Community Action, Olneyville Housing Corporation and Providence Head Start.

A graduate of Bishop Keough Regional High School, she attended Roger Williams University. She was born on May 6, 1957 and has five children: Lisa, Dionne, Jonnathan, Eddy and Hev’n.

32 Hammond Street
Providence, RI 02909