Teresa Tanzi (D) has served
the people of Narragansett and South Kingstown in District 34 since she was
first elected in November 2010. She is a member of the House Innovation,
Internet and Technology Committee and the House State Government and Elections Committee.
Representative Tanzi has
been a leader in safeguarding the limited resources Rhode Island has for
economic development by making sure new and existing tax
incentives provide a benefit to the
state’s economy and its residents.
Her passions include the
development of bicycle- and
pedestrian-friendly community infrastructure, working to increase availability of multi-modal transit options for
commuters, and working to enact greater prevention measures for teen tobacco and nicotine addiction, including laws
she sponsored requiring that e-cigarette liquid be sold in child-proof packages and banning e-cigarette use on
In 2022, she was the
sponsor of a law that raised the minimum age for gun
and ammunition purchases to 21 in
Rhode Island. In 2017, the General Assembly enacted her legislation to disarm domestic abusers to protect the lives of their victims. The bill was the result of intense negotiations
over the course of the three years since it was first introduced, and was the
subject of strong public campaigns both for and against it.
Other signature legislative
accomplishments include bringing benefit corporations to Rhode Island, the 2015 Cesspool
Elimination Act, helping to close a loophole that allowed large companies to evade taxes in Rhode Island,
requiring comprehensive economic development tax incentive analyses and reporting and offering protection to seniors from door-to-door solicitations.
She has studied at
Middlesex County College, the University of Rhode Island and Brown University.
Born on November 3, 1971, she is a Realtor at Lila Delman Real Estate in
Narragansett. She and her husband, Dr. Eric Buchbaum, live in Wakefield with
their daughter, Delia Tanzi Buchbaum, where they foster puppies and raise
chickens and bees.