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Senator Valarie J. Lawson


Member, Senate Committee on Health & Human Services

Member, Senate Committee on Labor


Valarie J. Lawson (Democrat – District 14, East Providence) was born on August 14, 1966 and is a lifelong resident of East Providence. She is married to Leonard Rounds.

She earned both a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree from Rhode Island College.

Senator Lawson is a Social Studies teacher at East Providence High School and is Vice President of the National Education Association Rhode Island. She also serves on the Executive Boards of the Rhode Island Labor History Society and the RI AFL-CIO, and is a member of the Providence Central Labor Council. In addition, Senator Lawson is the former President of the East Providence Education Association. 

She was first elected to the Rhode Island Senate on November 4, 2018.