Brianna E. Henries was elected on November 3, 2020, to represent the people of
District 64 in East Providence. She is a member of the House Labor Committee and
the House Special Legislation Committee.
A lifelong Rhode Islander
who represents a working-class district and who has experienced homelessness
herself, her focus at the State House is on lifting people out of poverty and
ensuring that income doesn’t determine a person’s basic human rights. She
supports raising the minimum wage, ensuring that affordable health care is available
and accessible to all, and changing school funding so that Zip codes do not
determine the quality of a student’s education.
In her first year in the House,
the General Assembly adopted her legislation requiring that newborn health
screenings include tests
for all conditions for which there is a medical benefit to early detection and
treatment, as well as her bill granting an income tax
exemption for artists within the East Providence art district.
Born February 27, 1991, Representative Henries is a 2009 Classical High
School graduate. She teaches theater at Valiant Arts Studio in Pawtucket, and is
also a retail manager and makeup artist for Bare Minerals. She and her partner
live in East Providence with their dog, Cooper.