Rep. Karen Alzate (D-Dist. 60, Pawtucket) was first elected to the House
of Representatives in November 2018. She is a member of the House Education
Committee, the House Labor Committee, the House Municipal Government and
Housing Committee, and the House Special Legislation Committee. Rep. Alzate
is the chair of the Legislative Black and Latino Caucus.
During the 2021 session, Representative Alzate sponsored a new law which
updates the definition of “dating violence” by providing a more inclusive
definition that recognizes the wide variety of forms abuse can take. This
bill amended a current law which requires school districts to have policies
on reporting and responding to dating violence between students when they
learn of it. She also sponsored another new law which requires the
Department of Health to create rules and regulations for the licensing and
operation of school-based health centers operating in elementary and
In 2021, she was appointed as a member of the Office of Postsecondary
Commissioner Advisory Committee.
During her first legislative session in 2019, Representative Alzate
sponsored legislation that created a special legislative commission to study
and make recommendations for encouraging more persons of color to enter
education fields. Representative Alzate was elected chairwoman of the
commission, which is still active.
She also 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. She also
saw legislation that she sponsored signed into law that moves the date of
primaries to the eighth Tuesday preceding biennial state elections.
She graduated from Tolman High School in 2006 and received her bachelor’s
degree in political science from Rhode Island College in 2013. She received
a Master’s Degree in community development from Roger Williams University in
2019. Representative Alzate was a part of the Latina Leadership Institute in
2017 and she was previously a member of the New Leaders Council in 2016.
Representative Alzate was born on December 26, 1987 and resides in