Rep. Karen Alzate (D-Dist. 60, Pawtucket, Central Falls) was first elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018. She was named the chair ofthe House Special Legislation Committee in January 2023, and is the second vice chair of the House Labor Committee. She is also a member of both the House Finance Committee and the House Municipal Government and Housing Committee.
In 2022, Representative Alzate was the prime sponsor of the
new law which grants driving privilege cards and permits to undocumented Rhode Islanders, ensuring that the state’s roads are safe for all drivers. She also introduced the
new law which exempts veterans from pet adoption fees at public animal shelters.
Representative Alzate was also
appointed by the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators to serve as the group’s Vice-Chair of the Government, Social Justice and Taxation Task Force. From 2021 to 2022, Representative Alzate served as the Chairwoman of the Rhode Island 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 secondary schools.
In 2021, she was appointed as a member of the Office of Postsecondary Commissioner Advisory Committee.
Representative Alzate 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 was previously a member of the New Leaders Council in 2016.
Representative Alzate was born on December 26, 1987 and resides in Pawtucket.