D. Phillips (D) represents District 51 in Woonsocket and Cumberland. First
elected in November 2010, Representative Phillips was named a Deputy Majority
Leader in January 2019. He is the first vice chair of the House Environment and
Natural Resources Committee and is member of the House Corporations Committee,
the House Education Committee, the House Rules Committee and the House Small
2021, Representative Phillips took part in a conference
on redistricting run by the National Conference of State
Legislatures. Following the conference, he was appointed co-chairman of the Special
Commission on Reapportionment. The state constitution calls for the
General Assembly to reapportion its districts as well as the two congressional
districts after each 10-year federal census.
Phillips sponsored successful legislation in 2018 that makes the Division
of Motor Vehicles more efficient while also making life easier for
commercial truck drivers. The first law permits the use of an electronic means
of transmission of the medical certificate required for the issuance of a
commercial driver’s license. The second law eliminates the requirement of
examinations for a renewal applicant, whose commercial driver's license has
expired for more than one year.
2017, he introduced an education reform law that establishes a process by which
education plan may be established and used by school districts
during inclement weather which would count as a school day.
Phillips cosponsored laws making adjustments to the medical marijuana program
to further ensure public safety, protecting employee wages, and supporting the
arts in 2014. In 2012, he cosponsored a law prohibiting retailers of essential
commodities from engaging in price gouging during a market emergency.
Phillips is the former chairman of the Autumnfest Steering Committee and the
Milk Fund. He is member of the St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital’s
Woonsocket Committee, and is the past president of the Woonsocket Jaycees. He
previously served on the Tax Assessors Board of Review.
Phillips earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from
the University of Rhode Island in 2005.
was born on May 29, 1956. He and his wife, Nancy, are the parents of twin sons
Matthew and Timothy and have two grandchildren, Devin and Skylar.