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Senator Valarie J. Lawson


Deputy Senate Majority Leader

Secretary, Senate Committee on Health & Human Services

Secretary, Senate Committee on Special Legislation & Veterans' Affairs


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 College.

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 Education Association. 


She was first elected to the Rhode Island Senate on November 4, 2018.