Representative Terri Cortvriend
(D) was first elected to represent District 72 in Portsmouth and Middletown in
November 2018. She is the second vice chair of the House Small Business
Committee and is a member of the House Environment and Natural Resources
Committee, the House Innovation, Internet and Technology Committee and the
House Oversight Committee.
In 2021, her legislation
created the Nathan
Bruno and Jason Flatt Act, which will require
suicide awareness and prevention training for teachers and school personnel and
establish a conflict resolution process between teachers or school personnel
and students. Another law she sponsored in 2021 now precludes the disability
of a parent from serving as a basis
for denial or restriction in matters involving a child's welfare, foster care,
family law, guardianship or adoption.
She has sponsored and
supported efforts to address climate change, to protect the environment and
public shoreline access, to support education and to prevent substance abuse,
particularly among youth. She has been leading a commission, created by
legislation she sponsored in 2021, studying issues related to protecting Rhode
Islanders’ constitutionally guaranteed right
to access the shore. For several years, she
has sponsored legislation to prohibit polyfluoroalkyl substances
(PFAS) in food packaging and cosponsored another
bill to require the Department of Health to establish maximum contaminate
levels of PFAs
in drinking water.
In 2020, Representative
Cortvriend and Rep. Lauren Carson launched the Aquidneck
Island Climate Caucus, a community group to give
voice to the importance of mitigating and adapting for the earth’s changing
Before her election to the
House of Representatives, Representative Cortvriend served on the Portsmouth
School Committee from 2004 to 2008 and from 2012 to 2018, the last four years
as chairwoman. She served on the Portsmouth Water and Fire District Advisory
Board from 2011 to 2017, the Portsmouth Tank Farm Redevelopment Advisory
Committee from 2010 to the present, the Portsmouth Charter Review Committee in
2012 and the Portsmouth Economic Development Committee from 2009 to 2013.
Born January 15, 1962, she graduated from North Miami Senior High School in
1980 and is a graduate of Miami Dade Community College. She also studied
business management at Florida International University and accounting at
Community College of Rhode Island.
Representative Cortvriend is the owner of Ocean Link, Inc., a marine plumbing
firm that she founded in 1989. She previously worked as a yacht captain, and
holds a USCG Captain’s license and a private pilot’s license. She is a member of
the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, the Newport County Chamber of
Commerce and the International Yacht Restoration Program Advisory Committee.
She is the mother of Savanna
J. Cortvriend Cavacas and the grandmother of Wilder Andrew Cavacas, and lives in
Portsmouth with her partner, Charles A. Perry.