Carlos E. Tobon (D) was first elected in November 2014 to the House of Representatives from District 58 in Pawtucket. Representative Tobon is the first vice chair of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee and is a member of the House Innovation, Internet and Technology Committee.
He is a board member of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, a member of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators Executive Committee and a member of the RI Legislative Black and Latino Caucus.
During the 2021 legislative session, he introduced legislation which prohibits the sale for profit of consumer generated internet data by a social media platform without the consent of and compensation paid to the consumer. He also introduced a bill which requires that commencing with the graduating class of 2023, all high school students attending public schools demonstrate proficiency in computer science.
The Council of State Governments presented Representative Tobon with its Under 40 Leadership Award in 2020. He was one of 20 public officials, under age 40, honored from throughout the country.
In 2020, Representative Tobon sponsored legislation which requires public utilities and electric distribution companies to provide prompt and adequate service to its rate payers relating to new service and service upgrades. He also sponsored a bill that requires all high school students attending public schools to demonstrate proficiency in computer science. A bill that requires all students in K-12 grades to perform a minimum amount of community service each school year and would grant them the option to perform certain forms of community service for academic credit was also sponsored by him.
Representative Tobon's past public service includes memberships on the Central Falls Board of Trustees, Pawtucket Business Development Corporation, United Way of RI Advisory Council, Blackstone Academy Charter School, Books Are Wings and the board of Thrive Behavioral Health.
Employed in the insurance industry, Representative Tobon is a reserve petty officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.
He graduated in 2000 from Tolman High School, Pawtucket, and attended the Community College of Rhode Island and the University of Rhode Island. He and his wife, Alejandra, are parents of a son, Carlos Esteban Tobon, and a daughter, Amber Tobon. Representative Tobon was born on February 3, 1982.