Rep. Julie Casimiro (D-Dist. 31, North Kingstown, Exeter) was first
elected to the House of Representatives in November 2016. She was named a
Deputy Majority Leader in January 2019. Representative Casimiro is the first
vice chair of the House Committee on Oversight and chairs that committee’s
Children and Families Subcommittee. She is also a member of the House Judiciary
Committee, the House Education Committee, and the House Veterans’ Affairs
During the 2023 session, Representative Casimiro introduced a new
law which will require any store that sells gift cards to post a
conspicuous notice at or near the point of sale and at or near the location
where the sale occurs that cautions the purchaser about prepaid card scams and
instructs the purchaser on what to do if they suspect they might be a potential
victim of such a scam. She also
sponsored a new law which requires driver
education courses to include a program about the dangers of driving under the
influence of cannabis.
She was selected to serve as vice
chairwoman of the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) Standing
Committee on Human Services. Representative Casimiro was also honored in 2023 by Tides Family
Services with the group’s “Humanitarian
Award” for her support in strengthening the network of children’s behavioral
health services in Rhode Island.
In 2022, Representative Casimiro introduced a new law which closes a loophole in state law that allowed those in
positions of authority to engage in sexual relations with children. She was also
the prime sponsor on another new law which requires the Department of
Children, Youth and Families to determine the military status of the parents of
any abused child and report the matter to the appropriate military authorities,
including the Military Family Advocacy Program.
Representative Casimiro was
instrumental in securing two important budget articles in the FY 2023
state budget. The first provides for periodic rate
review/setting processes to ensure accurate and adequate reimbursement of
social, human and clinical services. She was also a strong and vocal advocate for the need of an in-state treatment
facility for female youths under state care, which was included in the FY 2023 budget.
She was also honored by
the Rhode Island Coalition for Children
and Families as the organization’s 2022 Legislative Champion.
Representative Casimiro is a former marketing executive and fund
development professional and has served on boards and committees for many
non-profit organizations. She graduated from Cranston High School West and
received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Providence College.
Representative Casimiro, who was born on June 21, 1962, is married to
Richard Casimiro and they reside in North Kingstown.