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.
In 2022, Representative
Lombardi introduced a bill which limit rate increases by electric
distribution companies to
either 5.5% annually or be no greater than the increase in the Consumer Price
Index. He also introduced legislation
which requires school committees to provide
transportation for any student who
resides two or more miles from school and a bill which would make it a felony to price gouge prescriptions
or pharmaceuticals in time of a shortage.
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.
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 addition to his duties
as a legislator, Representative Lombardi is employed as an attorney and since
2014, has served as an Associate Judge in the Providence Municipal Court. 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 Recreation Center.
resides in Providence with his wife, Denise.