Jeanine Calkin is a Democrat representing District 30 (Warwick) in the Rhode Island Senate.
After founding a group in support of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders's presidential campaign in 2015, she served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2016. That year, she was elected to her first term in the Senate, serving from 2017 to 2018. She was elected to return to the General Assembly for a second term in 2020.
As a lawmaker, Sen. Calkin has been an advocate on issues including climate change, health care and protections for workers.
She has sponsored legislation in the Senate seeking the creation of a single-payer health care system in Rhode Island, and also introduced a resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to create such a system nationally. That resolution received the Senate's approval.
She was the lead Senate sponsor of the Energize Rhode Island: Economic and Climate Resilience Act of 2018, which sought to boost Rhode Island's economy and public health while reducing reliance on fossil fuels and carbon emissions.
She also took the lead in the Senate on the Fight for $15 campaign, sponsoring legislation to raise Rhode Island's minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Sen. Calkin has additionally sponsored legislation to expand insurance coverage of infertility treatment for women regardless of their marital status; require members of municipal planning boards and commissions to take part in training on the effects of rising sea levels and development in flood plains; and protect Rhode Island workers against wage theft.
A lifelong Rhode Islander, Sen. Calkin was born on Nov. 29, 1969. She is married to Daniel Calkin.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Science from Johnson & Wales University, and went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Information Systems from Bryant University. She spent many years working in the information technology field, managing financial systems.
She also serves on the executive board of the RIDP Women's Caucus and as chair of Our Revolution RI.