The United States of America operates under a Presidential system of government. The American citizens are able to elect into office the candidates they feel will best fill a certain position. Each state elects officials into different offices including the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives, the Governor, the Secretary of State and other offices. The elected officials of Rhode Island are predominantly Democrats.
The upper house of the U.S. Congress is called the Senate. Rhode Island, like each state elects two senators. Democrat, Jack Reed, has been a senator since being elected in 1996 (2). Senator Reed is an advocate for affordable housing and it has been a platform for him since his political career began. The New York Times is quoted saying “Mr. Reed has had a passion for housing issues throughout his career.” in 2008 (Senator). He has written laws which are now creating a new affordable housing trust fund, improving buyer reports on mortgages, and addressing middle-class families struggling as a result of the current housing crisis. Rhode Island’s other senator is Sheldon Whitehouse. Senator Whitehouse is a Democrat and was elected to the U.S. Senate on November 7, 2006 (Biography). One of his greatest achievements has been his Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act which was signed into law in 2013. This act is targeted at cancers which have five-year survival rates below fifty percent, for example pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancers (Biography).
The lower house of the U.S. Congress is called the House of Representatives. The number of seats per state is determined by population size and as such Rhode Island has two representatives. The first Congressional District’s elected representative is David N. Cicilline . Democratic representative, Cicilline is no stranger to politics. In 1994, he was elected to the Rhode Island House of Representatives for the first time. His successful run led to him being elected as mayor of the City of Providence in 2002 and re-elected for his second term in office four years later in 2006. In 2010, when Representative Patrick J. Kennedy announced that he was retiring from the House, Representative Cicilline found a second chance to run for Congress and after winning the general election, he was once again sworn in (David).
Elected in for the first time in 1988 and again in 2000, James R. Langevin is the Representative for the second congressional district in the Rhode Island House of Representatives (Welcome). One of Representative Langevin’s greatest achievement has nothing to do with the laws he has worked on but, he is the first quadriplegic to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. An accidental shooting, occurring at age sixteen, left Representative Langevin paralyzed. Due to the love he received from his community following this accident, he decided then to enter public service and...