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D - District 18
(401) 785-8996​
26 Welfare Avenue
Cranston, RI 02910

Representative Arthur Handy

Deputy Majority Leader

First Vice Chair, House Innovation, Internet and Technology 


Member, House Environment and Natural Resources Committee

Member, House Health and Human Services Committee

Member, House Oversight Committee


Representative Arthur Handy (D) was first elected to represent District 18 in Cranston in November 2002. Representative Handy was named a Deputy Majority Leader in January 2021. He is the first vice chair of the House Innovation, Internet and Technology Committee and is a member of the House Oversight Committee, chairing that committee’s Energy Subcommittee. He is also a member of the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee and the House Health and Human Services Committee.

Representative Handy was the primary sponsor of the House same-sex marriage bill that became law in 2013, after he’d introduced it every year of his legislative career. A former chairman of the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee, he has championed greater environmental protections throughout his legislative career, and has also been a strong advocate for low-income Rhode Islanders, minorities, and the disabled. He was a force behind long-overdue rate increases and adjustments in the 2022 and 2023 state budgets for R.I. Works, the state’s cash-assistance and work-readiness program for low-income families. In 2023, he sponsored new laws eliminating potential legal barriers for those purchasing hearing aids, and updating licensing requirements for speech language pathologists to account for telehealth.

Representative Handy was the architect of the ResilientRI act, which created the Climate Change Council, a panel charged with creating a plan for the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and in 2022 sponsored a bill boldly expanding Rhode Island’s offshore wind capacity. He was honored as Legislator of the Year in 2021 by the Rhode Island Clean Water Association and by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island in 2017.

Representative Handy, who is employed by Family Services Rhode Island, graduated from the University of Miami (Fla.) in 1990 with his Bachelor of Arts degree. Born on February 15, 1967, he is the husband of the late Patricia DiPrete and the father of their son, Alexander.​ ​​​