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 Small 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 school property.
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
incentive analyses and reporting and offering
to seniors from door-to-door
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