James N. McLaughlin (D) represents District 57 in Cumberland and Central
Falls. He was first elected in November 2010. He is the first vice chair of the
House Health and Human Services Committee and is the second vice chair of the
House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and serves as a member of the House
Environment and Natural Resources Committee. He is also the co-chair of the
Joint Commission on Defense Economy Planning.
McLaughlin met extensively during 2017-18 with officials from the Department
of Transportation — meetings that ultimately resulted in repairs and repaving of
Marshall Avenue in Cumberland. Another set of meetings led to the repair and
repaving of 35.8 miles of roads in Cumberland, including Diamond Hill Road,
Broad Street, Nate Whipple Highway, High Street and Manville Hill Road.
In 2016, Representative McLaughlin sponsored legislation that increases the
cost-efficiency of the state’s school bus transportation plans. The new law
allows school districts to maintain an annual registry for students requiring
bus transportation to school. The purpose of this registration is to assist each
district’s bus transportation plan to be more cost-efficient, saving substantial
In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Representative McLaughlin supported new
laws to toughen penalties for gang-related crime and put Rhode Islanders back to
work. A member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Representative
McLaughlin served in the United States Army and is a member of the Veterans of
Representative McLaughlin is a member of the South Attleboro Knights of
Columbus, Our Lady of Fatima Holy Name Society and the St. Thomas Council. He is
also a certified auto body and automotive repair technician. He was born on Nov.
6, 1943, and is married to Gilda Rose McLaughlin. They have three children.