Rep. Alzate Elected Chairwoman of RI Legislative Black and Latino Caucus


STATE HOUSE – Rep. Karen Alzate (D-Dist. 60, Pawtucket) has been elected as the chairwoman of the Rhode Island Legislative Black and Latino Caucus by her fellow caucus members.  The previous chair was Rep. Jean Philippe Barros (D-Dist. 59, Pawtucket).

“It is very humbling to be elected as the chair of the RI Legislative Black and Latino Caucus and I thank my fellow caucus members for having the confidence in me to lead this important group.  Rhode Island’s community of color has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, harder than most, and the caucus has much work ahead ourselves to help and support those struggling right now,” said Representative Alzate.

First elected in November of 2018, Representative Alzate is also a member of the House Education, Labor, Municipal Government and Housing, and Special Legislation Committees.

In addition to Representatives Alzate and Barros, the caucus includes Rep. Marvin L. Abney (D-Dist. 73, Newport, Middletown); Rep. Jose F. Batista (D-Dist. 12, Providence); Rep. Nathan W. Biah (D-Dist. 3, Providence); Rep. Liana Cassar (D-Dist. 66, Barrington, East Providence); Rep. Grace Diaz (D-Dist. 11, Providence); Rep. Leonela Felix (D-Dist. 61, Pawtucket); Rep. Joshua Giraldo (D-Dist. 56, Central Falls); Rep. Brianna E. Henries (D-Dist. 64, East Providence); Rep. Raymond A. Hull (D-Dist. 6, Providence, North Providence); Rep. David Morales (D-Dist. 7, Providence); Rep. Ramon A. Perez (D-Dist. 13, Providence, Johnston); Rep. Anastasia P. Williams (D-Dist. 9, Providence); Rep. Marcia Ranglin-Vassell (D-Dist. 5, Providence); Rep. Carlos E. Tobon (D-Dist. 58, Pawtucket); Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket); Sen. Sandra Cano (D-Dist. 8, Pawtucket); Sen. Tiara T. Mack (D-Dist. 6, Providence); Sen. Cynthia Mendes (D-Dist. 18, East Providence, Pawtucket); and Sen. Ana B. Quezada (D-Dist. 2, Providence).

The Rhode Island Legislative Black and Latino Caucus (RILBLC) represents and advocates for the interests of disadvantaged people throughout the State of Rhode Island. It seeks to increase a diverse participation and representation in all levels of government. The goal is to close, and ultimately to eliminate, disparities that still exist between white and non-white Americans in every aspect of life.

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