A. Fellela (D) represents District 43 in Johnston. First elected to her seat in
November 2006, Representative Fellela is the Senior Deputy Majority Leader,
making her a member of the House Leadership Team. She is the second vice chair
of the House Conduct Committee and is a member of the House Labor Committee,
the House Oversight Committee, and the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
2021, she sponsored a law targeting reckless prescription practices, increasing
fines to help ease the opioid epidemic. She also sponsored a new law that makes
it easier for adopted adult children and their birth parents and siblings to
find each other through mutual consent.
the 2019 session, she cosponsored a child-protection law specifying the
circumstances when the Office of the Child Advocate would investigate child
fatalities. She also cosponsored animal protection legislation that requires
pet trainers to be licensed.
2016, Representative Fellela worked in conjunction with the governor’s Overdose Prevention and
Intervention Task Force to craft legislation aimed at addressing the opioid
overdose crisis. She introduced legislation improve the usefulness and value of
the prescription drug monitoring database program by adding analytical
functions, and allowing pharmacists to see all prescriptions for a patient. The
new law helps detect abhorrent prescribing and dispensing patterns.
was previously a member of the School Improvement Team at the Robert F. Kennedy
Elementary School in Providence and a member of the PTO at Barnes Elementary
School in Johnston. She is also a communicant at Our Lady of Grace Church
belonging to the St. Anne’s Sodality, and was a housing commissioner for the Johnston Housing
1974 graduate of East Providence High School, Representative Fellela retired in
July 2020 after 28 years with the Providence School Department.
was born Novovember 16, 1956. She has four children: Henry III, Matthew, Kyle and
Ally; and three grandchildren: Mia, Elvis and Franco.