PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island was reelected to the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday night, defeating Republican Cormick Lynch to secure a third term in the state’s First Congressional district.
As one of seven co-chairs of the LGBT Equality Caucus, Cicilline has been a consistent and strong voice for LGBT rights in the House of Representatives.
Since joining the chamber in 2011, he has served as a co-sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and the Respect for Marriage Act, as well as joining an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act and provide for full marriage equality.
Cicilline was first elected mayor of the City of Providence in 2002 and reelected in 2006. When Cicilline was elected in 2002, Providence became the first state capital and the largest American city with an openly gay mayor.
In addition, Cicilline has helped lead the fight against anti-LGBT bullying in schools by co-sponsoring the Safe Schools Improvement Act and the Student Non-Discrimination Act to ensure that all children are able to attend school in a safe, welcoming environment.
Earlier this year, he also joined 20 of his colleagues in co-signing a letter urging the Boy Scouts of America to overturn their ban on LGBT youth and adults.