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D - District 4
Providence
(401) 400-2338
Rep-kislak@rilegislature.gov
P.O. Box 41551
Providence, RI 02940

Representative Rebecca Kislak

Member, House Education Committee 

Member, House Special Legislation Committee

Representative Rebecca Kislak (D) was first elected to represent District 4 in Providence in November 2018. She is a member of the House Education Committee and the House Special Legislation Committee.

Representative Kislak has been​ an outspoken supporter of Providence’s public schools, health equity and economic justice. In 2021, Representative Kislak sponsored a new law creating a permanent commission to promote and continually improve genocide and Holocaust education in schools. She successfully advocated for the Rhode Island Parentage Act, legislation enacted in 2020 to replace the state’s outdated laws with more inclusive laws that recognize the many ways people become families, and a bill to ensure that single-stall restrooms are gender-inclusive so that anyone may use them. She has introduced bills to provide greater tax equity by restoring additional income tax brackets on high income, and to create voter-directed public funding through “democracy dollars” that would overhaul Rhode Island’s public campaign financing system to shift power toward the general electorate and better enable ordinary citizens to run for office. She has led legislative efforts to restrict the use of neonicotinoids in pesticides and to improve the legal infrastructure for bicycle transportation.

Representative Kislak is an attorney with years of experience in social services and health care policy. She has worked at Legal Services offices in Worcester, MA and Providence. She has used her legal skills to advocate for families at Hasbro Children’s Hospital through Rhode Island’s Medical-Legal Partnership at Rhode Island Legal Services. She also served as Policy Director and Counsel at the Rhode Island Health Center Association. Today, she is the President of Kislak Consulting. She also teaches health policy classes as an adjunct professor at Rhode Island College. Representative Kislak is an active community member. She is past president of the Rhode Island chapter of the National Organization for Women (RI-NOW) and a member of Temple Emanu-El in Providence.

Born March 7, 1972, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University in 1995, and graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 2000. She and her spouse, Dr. Joanna Brown, are the parents of two children.​