Jean Philippe Barros (D)
was first elected to House District 59 in Pawtucket in November 2014. He was
first named a Deputy Majority Leader at the start of the 2017 session. He sits
on the House Finance Committee and is the chairman of its Public Safety Subcommittee.
He is also a member of the House Municipal Government and Housing Committee.
During the 2021 session,
Representative Barros sponsored a House resolution that asked Rhode Island’s
municipalities to create five-member commissions to oversee the distribution of
incoming federal COVID-19 funds. He also
sponsored legislation which would establish a tax on sugary drinks, with a
portion of the revenues generated used to expand access to nutritious food for
low-income families by establishing a Retail SNAP Incentive Program that would
incentivize consumption of healthy fruits and vegetables.
In 2020, Representative
Barros sponsored legislation which would establish the Student Cloud Computing
Privacy and Protection Act and he sponsored a bill to help out local brewers by
allowing a manufacturer's license holder to authorize the sale of beverages for
consumption on premises.
He was a co-sponsor of the 2019 passage of the Reproductive Privacy Act, which protects existing reproductive rights set forth under the landmark Roe v. Wade case from infringement at the federal level.
Prior to his election to the General Assembly, he served for six years on the Pawtucket City Council. He previously served on the Juvenile Hearing Board from 2007 to 2010 and on the Pawtucket Charter Review Commission.
A graduate of Pawtucket’s
Tolman High School, he received his Associate’s Degree from the Community
College of Rhode Island and his Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Springfield
College. He is the director of public works and code enforcement for the City
of Central Falls.
Born on September 30, 1963,
Representative Barros is the father of two children, Tyger Lee Barros and
Zachary Robert Barros.