Joshua J. Giraldo (D) was first elected in March 2020 to the seat in House District 56 in Central Falls. He is the first vice chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee and is a member of the House Education Committee, the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, and the House Special Legislation Committee. He is also the vice chair of the Special Legislative Commission to Study the Low and Moderate Income Housing Act.
During the most recent session, he sponsored a new law that require
state employees to undergo cultural competency training in a program created by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity. He also sponsored legislation that requires
specifically reserved parking spaces for individuals transporting young children under the age of three years old in baby strollers.
During the 2021 session, he sponsored a law that authorized the City of Central Falls to issue bonds of $5.76 million to finance the construction and renovation of schools in the city. Central Falls voters later approved the referendum.
He also sponsored a new law that prohibits the waiving of rules and regulations relating to minority-owned businesses involved with state contracts during periods such as a declared state of emergency. He also sponsored a law that prohibits discrimination against a potential organ transplant recipient based solely on a physical or mental disability.
Representative Giraldo is the Chief of Human Capital for Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy. He served as chief of staff for Central Falls Mayor James Diossa from October 2015 to July 2020. Before that, he worked as a teacher at Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy and as a family literacy instructor at Dorcas Place Family Learning Center. He also served as director of the Central Falls Department of Parks and Recreation for two years before becoming chief of staff.
A graduate of Central Falls High School in 2004, he earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary and secondary education from Providence College in 2008.
Representative Giraldo, who was born on November 18, 1986, resides in Central Falls with his wife Maité and their daughters, Valentina, Catalina and Isabella.