Jean Philippe Barros
Deputy Majority Leader
First Vice Chairman, House Committee on Municipal Government
Member, House Committee on Finance
Jean Philippe Barros (D) was first elected to House District 59 in Pawtucket in November 2014. He was named a Deputy Majority Leader at the start of the 2017 session. He sits on the House Committee on Finance and is the chairman of its Public Safety Subcommittee. He is also the first vice chairman of the House Committee on Municipal Government. Rep. Barros is the chairman of the Legislative Black and Latino Caucus.
In 2020, Representative Barros sponsored legislation which would establish the Student Cloud Computing Privacy and Protection Act and he sponsored a bill to help out local brewers by allowing a manufacturer's license holder to authorize the sale of beverages for consumption on premises.
During the 2019 legislative session, Representative Barros was the prime sponsor of an education reform initiative, signed into law, that requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to establish a fast-track program to certify new principals.
He was a co-sponsor of the 2019 passage of the Reproductive Privacy Act, which protects existing reproductive rights set forth under the landmark Roe v. Wade case from infringement at the federal level.
During the 2019 legislative session, Representative Barros co-sponsored legislation, signed into law, that authorizes state and local incremental tax revenues generated in certain economic development districts in Pawtucket to be allocated to fund improvements. The bill led to an announcement in December 2019 by a private developer who plans to build a soccer stadium and related business, retail and housing developments in Pawtucket.
Prior to his election to the General Assembly, he served for six years on the Pawtucket City Council. He previously served on the Juvenile Hearing Board from 2007 to 2010 and on the Pawtucket Charter Review Commission.
A graduate of Pawtucket’s Tolman High School, he received his Associate’s Degree from the Community College of Rhode Island and his Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Springfield College. He is the director of public works and code enforcement for the City of Central Falls.
Born on September 30, 1963, Representative Barros is the father of two children, Tyger Lee Barros and Zachary Robert Barros.
1 William Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860