Gregg M. Amore (D) has served the residents of East Providence in District 65 since first being elected in November 2012. Representative Amore, a Deputy Majority Leader, is the chairman of the House Finance Subcommittee on Education and is the second vice chair of the House Committee on Education. He also is a member of the House Committee on Finance and the House Committee on Innovation, Internet and Technology.
During the 2021 session, Representative Amore sponsored a bill which makes Advanced Placement courses and tests more accessible to a greater number of students. The legislation was included in the FY 2022 state budget. He also was a cosponsor of a new law which requires students to demonstrate proficiency in civics education before high school graduation.
Representative Amore was honored by the Rhode Island School Superintendents’ Association with the 2021 Paul Crowley Award for his commitment to public education.
Two other bills he sponsored in 2021 were signed into law: one added East Providence to the Blackstone Valley tourism district and another excludes chronic intractable pain from medication prescribing guidelines signed into law.
He sponsored a resolution in 2020 urging the East Providence City Council to save the historic Metacomet Country Club in East Providence from development.
In 2020, he sponsored legislation which would have created a new income tax bracket of 6.99% on taxable income over $500,000. Any tax collected on this income would be deposited into restricted receipt account and expended on education for grades kindergarten through 12th grade.
He played a key role in the passage of the FY 2019 budget article containing historic school construction bond assistance. He sponsored the bill placing the East Providence High School construction project on the ballot, and following voter approval, the state provided up to 70% reimbursement for the state-of-the-art facility.
Born on Oct. 28, 1966, Representative Amore graduated from East Providence High School in 1984 before continuing his education at Providence College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 1988. In 2010, he earned a master’s degree in public policy from New England College.
In addition to his duties as a legislator, Representative Amore is the athletic director for the East Providence School Department after a long teaching career at East Providence High School. In 2008, Representative Amore was recognized as the Rhode Island History Teacher of the Year by the Daughters of the American Revolution. He had a long high school and collegiate coaching career in both hockey and baseball, including as an assistant baseball coach at Providence College and the head baseball coach at the Naval Academy Prep School Newport, La Salle Academy and East Providence High School.
He was also honored by the Rhode Island Athletic Trainers’ Association with the group’s 2019 Frank Murgo Service Award for his educational efforts and dedicated service to the athletes and athletic trainers of Rhode Island.
He is a past member of the Board of Directors for the East Providence Education Association and is a current board member of the Friends of Townie Athletics. He is also a member of the Rhode Island Historical Society and the East Providence High School Hall of Fame Committee. He serves on the Board of Directors for the East Providence Mohawks Youth Organization in association with the Boys and Girls Club of East Providence. He also serves on the East Providence Democratic City Committee.
Representative Amore resides in East Providence with his wife, Lee (Smith), and their two daughters, Tess and Megan.