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Representative Jason Knight
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D - District 67
Barrington, Warren
(617) 943-6532
rep-knight@rilegislature.gov
1 Newbrook Drive
Barrington, RI 02806

Representative Jason Knight

Deputy Majority Leader

Second Vice Chair, House Judiciary

Member, House Environment and Natural Resources Committee

Member, House Oversight Committee

Member, House State Government and Elections Committee

Jason Knight (D) has represented District 67 in Barrington and Warren since first being elected in November 2016. He was named a Deputy Majority Leader in January 2021. Representative Knight is the second vice chair of the House Judiciary Committee and is a member of the House Oversight Committee, chairing that committee’s Administrative Efficiency Subcommittee. He is also a member of the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee and the House State Government and Elections Committee.

Representative Knight was the sponsor of the law passed in 2021 to ban “straw purchases,” the buying or procuring weapons on behalf of someone who is legally prohibited from possessing them. He was a cosponsor of the 2018 law that banned bump stocks and modifications to make semi-automatic weapons work like fully automatic weapons, as well as the 2020 law to ensure gun sales applications are reviewed by the police in the purchaser’s own community. He has sponsored and cosponsored numerous other measures for firearms safety.

He has sponsored numerous efforts for criminal justice reform, including a bill that became law in 2021 to allow more people to have their arrests records sealed when they’ve been acquitted or exonerated, and waiving the $100 fee for all expungements.

Another new law he sponsored in 2021 enables cities and towns to establish programs to offer tax credits to property owners age 60 and over in exchange for volunteer hours. In his first term in the House, he sponsored a successful bill to allow churches and religious organizations to require national criminal background checks for employees and volunteers working with children. He has cosponsored many other bills for fair elections laws, stronger environmental protections and economic justice.

Representative Knight served eight years in the United States Navy as an enlisted nuclear power operator. He taught at the Naval Nuclear Power Prototype facility at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory before completing three and a half years of service on the USS Albuquerque.

Representative Knight received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emerson College and a Juris Doctor from Suffolk Law School. He was admitted to the Rhode Island Bar and worked for the Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General as a special assistant attorney general from 2006 to 2010.

Representative Knight is now a self-employed attorney and a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees at Temple Habonim in Barrington and also previously served on the board of directors of Arts Alive!

Representative Knight lives in Barrington with his wife Nicole and their two children. He was born on October 28, 1969.