Representative Christopher R. Blazejewski
Deputy Majority Whip
Member, House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare
Member, House Committee on Labor
Christopher R. Blazejewski (D) was first elected in November 2010 and represents District 2 in Providence. He was first elected by his Democratic colleagues to serve as the House Deputy Majority Whip in May 2015. He is a member of the House Committee on Labor and the House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare.
In 2019, Representative Blazejewski co-sponsored and led passage of the Reproductive Privacy Act, which codified in state law the privacy rights and reproductive freedoms guaranteed by the United States Supreme Court in the case Roe v. Wade. He was also a lead co-sponsor of successful legislation extending the statute of limitations for civil actions from 7 years to 35 years to help survivors of childhood sexual abuse obtain justice.
Representative Blazejewski sponsored Rhode Island’s first-in-the-nation Homeless Bill of Rights, enacted in 2012. He sponsored legislation creating Rhode Island’s Domestic Violence Prevention Fund (now called the Deborah DeBare Domestic Violence Prevention Fund), and a law that expanded the crime victims’ compensation fund to assist domestic violence survivors and their children and families. He sponsored a law in 2019 allowing domestic violence protective orders to protect more children.
He was the sponsor of the Innovate RI Small Business program that assists Rhode Island small businesses in applying for and matching federal funds targeting research and innovation. He also sponsored the creation of Rhode Island’s Wavemaker Fellowship program, which is aimed at attracting and retaining graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, design, and medicine through tax credits for student loan payments. He sponsored in 2019 a law that makes noncompetition agreements unenforceable against hourly and low-wage employees as well as children and college students. Another law he sponsored requires “Super PACs” to disclose their major donors.
Representative Blazejewski graduated from Harvard University in 2002 and received his juris doctorate from Harvard Law in 2005. An attorney, he works for Sherin and Lodgen LLP. He is licensed to practice law in Rhode Island and Massachusetts and is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association.
Representative Blazejewski was born on Dec. 3, 1979. A lifelong Rhode Islander, he resides in Providence with his wife, Ami Gada, their daughter, Aria, and their son, Liam.
1 Thayer St
Providence, RI 02906