Mary Duffy Messier (D), a lifelong resident of Pawtucket, was first elected
to the House in December 2009. She represents District 62 in Pawtucket.
Representative Messier was named a Deputy Majority Leader in January 2021. She
is the first vice chair of both the House Labor Committee and the House State
Government and Elections Committee, and she is a member of the House Innovation,
Internet and Technology Committee and the House Oversight Committee.
In 2017, she introduced an education-quality law that now requires
accreditation by a Regional Accrediting Agency recognized by the United States
Department of Education for distance learning institutions to transact business
or grant degrees in Rhode Island.
In 2016, Representative Messier sponsored legislation that requires a public
hearing for all insurers or health maintenance organizations who propose rate
increases for health or dental insurance coverage in the individual market. The
law created a uniform rate review procedure for proposed rate changes.
In 2014, enacted legislation she cosponsored provides courses of study
regarding child abduction, sexual exploitation and abuse for young. She has also
been a strong proponent of several laws which work to protect and support the
rights of veterans, including a bill to establish veteran-friendly educational
programs in order to allow service personnel returning from a combat tour to
achieve educational attainment in an accelerated manner.
Her legislation obtained tax-exempt status to assist both the Pawtucket Youth
Soccer Association and the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket. She also sponsored a
bill creating an annual Ben Mondor Day, honoring the late Pawtucket Red Sox’
owner and the team.
Representative Messier serves Ward 3 on the Pawtucket City Committee. She
also serves on the board for the Boys and Girls Club of Pawtucket. She has been
involved with the Pawtucket St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee for more than
three decades, and served as a past Grand Marshal of the parade. She is a board
member of the Jeanne Jugan Residence-Little Sisters of the Poor in Pawtucket.
A retired elementary school teacher in Cumberland, Representative Messier
holds a master’s degree in education from Rhode Island College. She earned her
Bachelor of Arts degree at Roger Williams University and is a graduate of Tolman
High School in Pawtucket.
Born on June 27, 1952, the representative has two sons, Ryan and Seth, and
one grandchild, Kiley Messier.