P. Shanley (D) was first elected in November 2016 to the seat in House District
24, Warwick. He is the chairman of the House State Government and Elections
Committee and is a member of the House Innovation, Internet and Technology
Committee, the House Municipal Government and Housing Committee and the House
the 2021 session, he sponsored a law to ensure that all students who wish to
pursue a career and technical education have
access to high quality programs both within and outside of their
community of residence.
2020, Representative Shanley introduced a law that amends
the state’s emergency mail ballot procedures in the wake of the
COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation adds an additional option for securing a
mail ballot by permitting emergency mail ballot applications to be processed at
local boards of canvassers in person on electronic poll pads, which allows
voters to cast their ballot and place the ballot themselves into a
state-approved voting machine at the local board of canvassers. Voters have up
to 20 days before the election to vote in this manner.
also introduced a resolution that created a special
legislative commission to study privacy protection on the Internet.
The 11-member Rhode Island Online Data Transparency and Privacy Protection
Commission studied and made recommendations on legislation for protecting
individuals from disclosures of information.
graduated from Toll Gate High School in 2005 and earned a bachelor’s degree in
political science and history from Providence College in 2009. He earned his
juris doctorate from Catholic University in 2012. He practices law with the
Born October 17, 1986, he and his wife, Meredith (Garrity), reside in Warwick
with their son, Maxwell, and daughter, Lucille.