Thomas E. Noret (D) was first elected in November 2018 to the seat in House District 25 in Coventry and West Warwick. He was named a Deputy Majority Leader in January 2023. He is the first vice chair of both the House Conduct Committee and the House Education Committee, and is the second vice chair of the House Oversight Committee. Representative Noret is also a member of the the House Judiciary Committee.
During the most recent session, he joined with his colleagues in sponsoring legislation to address the
state’s housing crisis, introducing a law that requires Rhode Island Housing to collect data on the number of Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers which are received and utilized by each municipality, housing authorities, and agencies. He also sponsored a new law that gives the Department of Environmental Management the
authority to regulate the water level behind certain dams in the state. Additionally, he introduced a new law that requires
annual weapons qualifications for correctional officers.
Also in 2022, he was chosen for the
Emerging Leaders Program, sponsored by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, which cultivates the next generation of leaders in state legislatures who are serving in ether their first or second term.
During the 2021 legislative session, Representative Noret co-sponsored a number of child protection bills, including new laws that put an end to child marriages, terminate the parental rights of convicted rapists, raise the age to buy tobacco to 21, and outlaw child erotica.
Representative Noret served in the Rhode Island Air National Guard, 143rd Airlift Wing from 1990 to 1994. While serving, Representative Noret accepted a position with the Coventry Police Department where he served his community for 20 years, retiring in 2012.
After retirement, he accepted a position as a Tax Investigator with the Rhode Island Division of Taxation’s Special Investigation Unit. Most recently, he was employed by the Greater Providence YMCA as the executive director of the South County branch.
He graduated from Bishop Hendricken High School in 1987. He earned an associate’s degree in business and law enforcement from the Community College of Rhode Island in 1991 and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Roger Williams University in 2006.
Noret and his family are members of the St. Anthony Parish in West Warwick. He has also spent several years coaching in the West Warwick Basketball League. Recently, Noret became a member of Club Frontenac and was sworn in as a member of the American Legion, Post 2. Born January 21, 1969, he and his wife Julie Aimee (Landroche) Noret have two daughters, Addison and Robbie, and celebrated 25 years of marriage.