John J. Lombardi (D) has served the residents of Providence in District 8
since first being elected in November 2012. He is a member of the House
Judiciary Committee, the House Special Legislation Committee and the House
Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
During the 2021 legislative
session, he introduced
a bill which requires the
Department of Education to develop and make available for school use a mental
health curriculum. Schools would be required to provide four hours of mental
health instruction to seventh grade students.
Representative Lombardi also introduced
legislation which requires school
committees to provide transportation for any student who resides two or more
miles from school.
The 2020 legislative
session saw Representative Lombardi sponsor legislation which establishes the
Rhode Island First Step, requiring the Department of Corrections to assist
offenders with reintegration into society, counseling, medical care, education,
early termination to pre-release confinement for elderly and terminally ill
offenders. He also sponsored a bill that provides that any rate increase with
respect to electric distribution companies would be no greater than the
increase in the Consumer Price Index or 5.5%, whichever is greater, unless
there is approval of a higher rate by the General Assembly.
Born on April 30, 1952, Representative Lombardi graduated from Mount Pleasant
High School in Providence in 1970, and then earned his bachelor’s degree from
Rhode Island College in 1975. He earned a master’s degree in education from RIC
in 1982 and a law degree from Suffolk University in Boston in 1987.
In addition to his duties as a legislator, Representative Lombardi is
employed as an attorney. He served on the Providence City Council for more than
26 years, including one year as acting mayor and eight years as council
president. He is the former president of the Federal Hill House and Zuccolo
Representative Lombardi resides in Providence with his wife, Denise.