Dem Rep. David Cicilline To Retire From House In June

Providence’s NBC affiliate reports:

In a bombshell announcement that will shake up Rhode Island politics, Congressman David Cicilline announced Tuesday morning he will become the next president and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation, leaving the U.S. House after over a decade.

Cicilline, first elected in 2010, said he will leave Congress on June 1. His staff will continue to operate district offices for the 1st Congressional District until a new representative is chosen in a special election.

Cicilline has been one of the most successful Rhode Island politicians of his generation, moving from the General Assembly to become Providence’s first openly gay mayor, then representing the 1st District in the House for the last 12 years.

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