Stephen M. Casey (D) has served the residents of Woonsocket in District
50 since his first election in November 2012. He is the chairman of the
House Health and Human Services Committee and he is a member of the House
Corporations Committee, the House Labor Committee, the House Special
Legislation Committee and the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
Casey co-sponsored successful legislation in the 2018 session urging Gov.
Gina Raimondo to designate several communities in the Blackstone Valley as
Qualified Opportunity Zones, taking advantage of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs
Act of 2017 to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural
communities nationwide. That designation became official early in June.
In 2016, he introduced legislation to make several updates to the state fire
code and its reference to the term and adoption of portions of the national fire
codes. He also submitted legislation authorizing the Department of Behavioral
Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals to certify recovery housing
Representative Casey has been at the forefront of legislation aiming to
improve the City of Woonsocket and the economic landscape of the state.
Several items benefitting the people of Woonsocket were included in the 2015
state budget, including includes appropriations for the maintenance of World War
II Memorial Park, development of the Stadium Theatre, improvements to the
athletic facilities of Woonsocket High School, and funding for the music
programs at Woonsocket high and middle schools.
Statutes he sponsored in 2014 led to a homestead tax exemption for elderly
residents of Woonsocket during a period of financial strife and the allowance of
city and town councilors to serve on their municipality’s budget commission.
In 2013, the governor signed his bill directing the Board of Education to –
at the request of the commissioner of elementary and secondary education – hold
a hearing on whether to withhold state aid from a school district for failure to
meet district accounting compliance rules.
Representative Casey was born on Sept. 12, 1968. He attended Melrose High
School in Massachusetts before receiving a bachelor’s degree in communications
from Boston College in 1990.
In addition to his duties as a legislator, Representative Casey is a
firefighter in the City of Woonsocket. He serves as the secretary of the Paul
Deziel Memorial Scholarship Fund and is a member of the Rhode Island Freemasons,
Rhode Island Shriners and Woonsocket Firefighters Union Local 732. He is also an
Eagle Scout from Troop 725 of Wakefield, Mass.
He has assisted in endeavors such as the Woonsocket 125th Anniversary
Celebration in 2013, Autumnfest, the Milk Fund and the World War II Honor
Representative Casey resides in Woonsocket with his wife, Debra (Deziel-Hunt)