A. Ackerman (D) has served the residents of Cumberland and Lincoln in
District 45 since winning her first election in November 2012. She was named
the first-ever female Deputy Majority Whip in January 2021, making her a member
of the House Leadership Team. She is a member of House Conduct Committee, the
House Health and Human Services Committee, the House State Government and
Elections Committee, and the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
the 2021 session, she spearheaded efforts to enact life-saving laws, including
one that improves
over-the-phone CPR instructions by requiring the 911 system to certify and staff individuals trained in
telecommunicator CPR, and another that provides
full insurance coverage for colorectal cancer screenings. She also
championed a new law that requires statewide
standards in consumer education. The new laws garnered
Representative Ackerman awards from the American
Heart Association, the American
Cancer Society and the General
Treasurer’s Office, respectively.
2019, she championed a law protecting consumers’
right to pay in cash, which garnered national attention. The
legislation makes it unlawful for any retail establishment offering goods or
services for sale to discriminate against a prospective customer by requiring
the use of credit for purchase of goods or services.
strong advocate of youth issues, Representative Ackerman worked closely with
the Cancer Society and the medical community during the 2018 session to enact
bans the use of tanning beds for minors. She also successfully
sponsored legislation that changes the jurisdiction of child abuse crimes from
Family Court to Rhode Island Superior Court, which is much better equipped to
adjudicate those types of crimes.
the 2016 session, she led a commission to study the increasing problem of sexual
assault on college campuses. Those meetings led to legislation
introduced by Representative Ackerman that requires institutions of higher
learning to adopt a policy which grants amnesty for violations of drug/alcohol
policies for those who report incidents of violence, including domestic
violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault.
2015, she sponsored a law that effectively nullifies
mortgages after 35 years, helping buyers and sellers of real estate
to avoid complicated legal entanglements involving ancient mortgages. She also
introduced a House resolution that created a special commission to study sexual
assault on college campuses. During the same session, the House passed a bill
that would add hoarding to the list of offenses considered to be animal
on March 28, 1965, she earned a bachelor’s degree in political economics from
the State University of New York at Binghamton. In addition to her duties as a
legislator, Representative Ackerman is a self-employed Real Estate Title
With a lifetime commitment to public service, she was a member of the Cumberland Town Council from 2006 to 2012, and served on the Cumberland Juvenile Hearing Board from 2003 to 2006.
She also is involved with several community organizations, serving as a member of both the Cumberland Land Trust and the Cumberland School Volunteers, as well as the Board of Directors for the historic Franklin Farm in Cumberland. She was a Liaison to the Cumberland Youth Commission and was a former member of the J.J. McLaughlin Elementary School Executive PTO Board.
Representative Ackerman resides in Cumberland with her husband, Barry. They have two children, Sam, a student at Columbia Law School, and Ellie, a recent graduate of the University of Rhode Island.