Another Congress Member Leaving

( Another member of Congress has announced that he will be leaving Capitol Hill to pursue a new opportunity.

Earlier this week, Representative David Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island, said he would be leaving Congress as of June so that he can take over as the new CEO and president of the Rhode Island Foundation.

In a statement, the 61-year-old Cicilline said:

“Serving the people of Rhode Island’s First Congressional District has been the honor of my lifetime. As president and CEO of one of the largest and oldest community foundations in the nation, I look forward to expanding on the work I have led for nearly 30 years in helping to improve the lives of all Rhode Islanders.”

Cicilline has been in the House of Representatives since back in 2011 representing the same district the entire time. He’ll step down from his post officially as of June 1.

The congressman’s office said that his staff would continue to operate the offices out of Washington, D.C., and Rhode Island until a new person is chosen to take over the district in the House.

In his statement, Cicilline said:

“The chance to lead the Rhode Island Foundation was unexpected, but it is an extraordinary opportunity to have an even more direct and meaningful impact on the lives of residents of our state.”

Cicilline was just re-elected in last November’s midterm elections, a race that he won handily with roughly 64% of the total vote. His district in Rhode Island is historically very blue.

The decision by Cicilline to leave his post means that both of Rhode Island’s representatives in the House have decided to leave on their own in the last two years. In 2022, Democratic Representative James Langevin also stepped down from his seat after spending more than 20 years in Congress.

Langevin’s replacement was Democrat Seth Magaziner, who won the first open congressional race in Rhode Island since back in 2010.

There will be a special election that will decide who will replace Cicilline in his position in Congress. A date for that special election can’t even be scheduled, though, until Cicilline officially resigns. That means we won’t even find out when the special election will be held for about three more months.

Cicilline was well-known in Congress, as he served as one of the impeachment managers for the Democrats during the second impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump.

Before he joined the House of Representatives, Cicilline served in state political offices in Rhode Island for more than 10 years. He started in the state’s General Assembly back in 1995.

He was then elected as Providence’s mayor in 2003, which made him the first openly gay mayor of any state capital in the United States.

It was just a few months ago that Cicilline was trying to edge his way into Democratic leadership in the House, but now he’s leaving Congress altogether.