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D - District 66
Barrington, East Providence​​
(401) 222-1723​​​
State House​, Room B07
Providence, RI 02903​

Representative Jennifer Boylan​

Member, House Environment and Natural Resources Committee

Member, House Innovation, Internet and Technology Committee

Representative Jennifer Boylan, a Democrat, was first elected to represent District 66 in Barrington and Riverside in November 2022. She serves as a member of the House Environment & Natural Resources Committee and the House Innovation, Internet & Technology Committee.

During her first year, Representative Boylan supported efforts to improve housing affordability, public education, environmental protection and gun safety. She successfully passed a law that will allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries if they will be 18 by the general election. She cosponsored legislation to expand abortion access and supported a package of new laws to address the state's housing crisis.  She also introduced a tangible tax reduction bill to help small businesses and supported the tangible tax reduction bill that ultimately became law. The new exemption wipes out the tangible tax — viewed as an administrative burden for small businesses and for the municipalities that collect it— for 75% of Rhode Island businesses.

Representative Boylan launched a study commission to bring together experts and stakeholders to study school lockdowns, safety drills and responses to threats. This study commission will be convened in the fall of 2023.  The study commission will include public safety officials, teachers, students, mental health professionals and legislators. It is tasked with answering complex questions such as whether and when students should be encouraged to evacuate during lockdown events, whether advanced notice should be provided to students and/or parents prior to a lockdown drill and whether the frequency of drills should be changed.

Representati ve Boylan grew up in upstate New York. She is a graduate of New Hartford Senior High School in New Hartford, NY. Sh e is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, majoring in geology, and earned her master's d egree in earth and planetary science from Washington University.

With a background in science and geology, the firs t 14 years of Representative Boylan's career were spent as an environmental professional. She worked as a government contractor doing environmental investigations and as litigation consultant helping clients access funding for hazardous waste cleanups. She left that business in 2004 to become the Dire ctor of Operations for PacketLogix.

Prior to being elected to the RI House of Representatives, Representative Boylan spent 10 years advocating for common sense gun laws. In 2018, Gov. Gina Raimondo appointed her as a member of the Working Group for Gun Safety. She has served as an environmental champion in her community for many years, promoting initiatives like composting, waste minimization, banning plastic bags, safe athletic fields, and protecting local farmland and public open space.

Representative Boylan lives in Barrington with her husband. They have two sons. ​​