Valarie J. Lawson (D-Dist. 14, East Providence) was born on August 14, 1966
and is a lifelong resident of East Providence. She is married to Leonard Rounds.
She earned both a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree from Rhode Island
Senator Lawson is a Social Studies teacher at East Providence High School and
is Vice President of the National Education Association Rhode Island. She
also serves on the Executive Board of the Rhode Island Labor History Society. In
addition, Senator Lawson is the former President of the East Providence
She was first elected to the Rhode Island Senate on November 4, 2018.