In 1995, David began his career in public service in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, where he quickly earned a reputation as a fierce champion of political reform and gun safety, and his dedication to ethics in government won him Common Cause’s #1 ranking.
In 2002, when the City of Providence was buckling under a $59 million deficit, a neglected infrastructure, and the legacy of decades of corruption, David was elected mayor on a pledge to restore public confidence in City Hall, reestablish financial responsibility, and revitalize the city’s neighborhoods.
Pledging a pragmatic and commonsense approach to Washington, David was elected to serve Rhode Island's First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives on November 2, 2010.
As a Member of Congress, David will be the 1st District's strong voice and relentless advocate in Washington as he fights to create well paying jobs for Rhode Islanders, fund new "green" energy initiatives that help protect our environment while also putting people back to work, invest in our nation's schools so that our children have the education they need to be tomorrow's leaders, and reform and improve the quality and cost of our health care system.
David is committed to rebuilding our manufacturing sector and promoting trade policies that give businesses a fighting chance so that we can increase the availability of products made in America. David will also be leading the effort to bring our brave men and women home from Afghanistan and increase funding for veterans benefits.
As the 4th openly gay Member of Congress, David will also fight for equal rights for all citizens including full LGBT equality in marriage, in the workplace, in schools, and in communities.