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Representative Lauren H. Carson
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D - District 75
Newport
401-523-1143
rep-carson@rilegislature.gov
13 Binney Street​
Newport, RI 02840


Lauren Carson

Deputy Majority Leader

Second Vice Chair, House Innovation, Internet and Technology Committee

Member, House Environment and Natural Resources Committee

Member, House Oversight Committee

Member, House Small Business Committee

Lauren Carson (D) was first elected to the House of Representatives in November 2014 to represent District 75 in Newport. She was named a Deputy Majority Leader in January 2021. Representative Carson is the second vice chair of the House Innovation, Internet and Technology Committee and she serves on the House Oversight Committee, while chairing that committee’s Tourism, Arts and Recreation Subcommittee. She is also a member of the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee and the House Small Business Committee.

Representative Carson has been particularly active on issues related to the environment, small business, tourism and government transparency.

In 2021, Representative Carson was the sponsor of the Act on Climate, which updates Rhode Island's climate-emission reduction goals, makes them enforceable and prepares Rhode Island for a global economy that will be shifting to adapt to clean technology. The act has been heralded as one of the most important steps toward addressing climate change the state has taken in decades. 

In her first year in the House, Representative Cason created and led a commission to study the impact of sea rise in Rhode Island. That commission laid the groundwork for a law she later sponsored requiring education on flooding and sea rise for local planning board members. Another of her bills created a unified statewide application process for solar panel permitting. She was a cosponsor of legislation phasing out pollution-causing cesspools across the state. In 2020, Representative Carson and Rep. Terri Cortvriend launched the Aquidneck Island Climate Caucus, a community group to give voice to the importance of mitigating and adapting for the earth’s changing climate.

In 2015, Representative Carson created and led a commission that studied ways to expand tourism through effective statewide branding efforts. Over the course of several years, that commission closely monitored the Commerce Corporation’s efforts to revamp statewide tourism promotion. She has worked for several years on legislation to ensure visitors’ and neighbors’ safety by requiring every short-term rental property listed for rent on the website of any third-party hosting platform that conducts business in Rhode Island to be registered with the Department of Business Regulation.

Representative Carson was a cosponsor of the legislation that eliminated the state income tax on Social Security benefits. Her legislation establishing the Rhode Island Aging and Disability Resource Center to assist individuals in crafting long-term plans for themselves and family members was enacted as part of the 2019 state budget. A bill she sponsored made the General Treasurer’s pension performance transparency initiative a permanent requirement.

Representative Carson sponsored successful legislation on behalf of Newport schoolchildren to make the American burying beetle the state insect, and legislation to assist the Newport Historical Society and Fort Adams.

Her current legislative efforts include the creation of a special education ombudsman for parents of children with special needs, the establishment of a structure for the oversight and management of historical cemeteries and legislation requiring digital and audio book publishers to offer them to libraries on reasonable terms for public lending.

Representative Carson has been named 2021 Environmental Champion by Clean Water Action, and has been honored as Legislator of the Year at various times by the R.I. Audubon Society, the R.I. Hospitality Association and the Rhode Island Conservation Districts. In 2017, she was honored as a Champion for Seniors by the Edward King House in Newport.

She has also served on the Advisory Board of the Alliance for Livable Newport, the Newport Energy & Environment Commission and the Environmental Council of the Rhode Island Educational Fund Board.

She obtained a Master’s degree in History from the University of Rhode Island in 2008 and her Master’s in Business degree from URI in 1992, and earned a BA in sociology in 1976 from Ramapo College in New Jersey. She is a graduate of Benedictine Academy in New Jersey. Born on February 26, 1954, she is the mother of a son, Andrew.​

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