Rep. Julie Casimiro (D-Dist. 31, North Kingstown, Exeter) was first
elected to the House of Representatives in November 2016. She was named a
Deputy Majority Leader in January 2019. Representative Casimiro is the first
vice chair of the House Committee on Oversight and chairs that committee’s
Children and Families Subcommittee. She is also a member of the House
Judiciary Committee, the House Rules Committee, the House Small Business
Committee and the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
During the 2021 legislative session, Representative Casimiro sponsored a
new law which bans child marriages in Rhode Island by eliminating all
language in state law that allowed persons under the age of 18 to obtain a
marriage license with parental consent. She also sponsored another new law
which directs superintendents to create an annual report on the academic
progress of foster care youth in Rhode Island’s public schools.
Representative Casimiro was chosen as a 2021 Congressional Coalition on
Adoption Institute (CCAI) Angels in Adoption Honoree. Congressman James
Langevin nominated Representative Casimiro to recognize her work in the
adoption, foster care and child welfare community. She was also instrumental
in securing the funding for the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at
Rhode Island College within the FY 2022 state budget. She is the co-chair of
the House and Senate Vision Services Task Force, which is charged with
providing recommendations for the long-term viability of the vision services
program at the Sherlock Center.
In 2020, she sponsored a bill which would provide $2 million to support
comprehensive and effective afterschool, summer learning and workforce
development programs for students in grades K-12. A bill which designates
physical, occupational, speech, and music therapies and behavioral health
services as essential special services to be provided to students with
disabilities during times of a declared emergency was also sponsored by
Due to legislation she previously sponsored, thousands of Rhode Islanders
in 2018 saw their unclaimed money and property returned to them
automatically through the General Treasurer’s office. In 2020, she was
honored by General Treasurer Seth Magaziner with his office’s Distinguished
Service Award for championing the unclaimed property program.
Representative Casimiro is a former marketing executive and fund
development professional and has served on boards and committees for many
non-profit organizations. She graduated from Cranston High School West and
received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Providence College.
Representative Casimiro, who was born on June 21, 1962, is married to
Richard Casimiro and they reside in North Kingstown.