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JAMES R. LANGEVIN /ˈlændʒəˌvɪn/ (born April 22, 1964) is the U.S. Representative for Rhode Island\'s 2nd congressional district , serving since 2001. He is a member of the Democratic Party .


* 1 Early life and education * 2 Rhode Island
Rhode Island

* 3 U.S. House of Representatives

* 3.1 Committee assignments * 3.2 Caucus memberships

* 4 Political positions

* 4.1 Abortion
* 4.2 Healthcare * 4.3 Labor * 4.4 Gun control * 4.5 Stem cell research * 4.6 Cybersecurity * 4.7 Armed forces * 4.8 Tax cuts * 4.9 Advocacy for disabled people * 4.10 Environment

* 5 Political campaigns * 6 References * 7 External links


Langevin was born in Providence, Rhode Island
Rhode Island
. He attended Bishop Hendricken High School , located in Warwick, Rhode Island
Rhode Island
, and then went on to study at Rhode Island
Rhode Island
College , from which he received an undergraduate degree, in addition to serving as President of Student Community Government, Inc., and he has a Masters of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government
Kennedy School of Government
of Harvard University .

In 1980, at age 16, he was seriously injured in an accidental shooting. He had been working in the Boy Scout Explorer program at the Warwick Police Department when a firearm was accidentally discharged, leaving him paralyzed. Langevin received $2.2 million in a settlement with the city of Warwick.


Langevin's first experience in politics was when he was elected to the state's 1986 constitutional convention and was named its secretary. Langevin, who uses a wheelchair, once ran on the slogan "I'll stand up for you", which he stated during a meeting in West Warwick.

Langevin was first elected a member of the Rhode Island
Rhode Island
General Assembly in 1988 and served as a state representative until 1994. He was elected Secretary of State of Rhode Island
Rhode Island
in November 1994, defeating Republican incumbent Barbara Leonard . While Secretary of State, he earned a reputation for weeding out corruption in state government.




* Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces * Subcommittee on Strategic Forces * Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities (Ranking Member)


* Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection * Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications


* Animal Protection Caucus * Bicameral Congressional Arthritis Caucus * Bi-Partisan, Bi-Cameral Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease * Bi-Partisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus * Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus * Bi-Partisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism * Career and Technical Education Caucus * Coalition for Autism Research and Education Caucus (CARE) * Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus * Congressional Adult Literacy Caucus * Congressional Army Caucus * Congressional Arts Caucus * Congressional Boating Caucus * Congressional Brain Injury Task Force * Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues * Congressional Caucus on Community Health Centers * Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth * Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues * Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease * Congressional Coalition on Adoption * Congressional Coast Guard Caucus * Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus * Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus * Congressional Diabetes Caucus * Congressional Directed Energy Caucus * Congressional Fire Services Caucus * Congressional German-American Caucus * Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition * Congressional High Performance Building Caucus * Congressional House Ocean Caucus * Congressional Humanities Caucus * Congressional Internet Caucus * Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus
Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus
* Congressional Mental Health Caucus * Congressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus * Congressional Navy and Marine Corps Caucus * Congressional Nursing Caucus * Congressional Olympic & Paralympic Caucus * Congressional Pre-K Caucus * Congressional Robotics Caucus * Congressional Semiconductor Caucus * Congressional Shellfish Caucus * Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus * Congressional STEAM Caucus * Congressional STEM Education Caucus * Congressional Structured Settlement Caucus * Congressional Submarine Caucus * Congressional Taiwan Caucus * Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus * Congressional Ukrainian Caucus
Congressional Ukrainian Caucus
* Congressional United Service Organization * Congressional Wine Caucus * Democratic Israel Working Group * Health Care Innovation Task Force * Hidden Heroes Congressional Caucus for Military and Veteran Caregivers * Historic Preservation Caucus * House Aerospace Caucus * House Air Force Caucus * House General Aviation Caucus * House Small Brewers Caucus * House UK Caucus * Law Enforcement Caucus * Medical Technology Caucus * National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus * National Heritage Area Caucus * Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition * Portuguese-American Caucus * Renewable Energy he joined other members of the House in introducing the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005, expanding the limited funding put in place in 2001.


Langevin helped to found the House Cybersecurity Caucus, which he co-chairs. The Representative has appeared on 60 Minutes speaking about the national security challenges the country will face this century in regards to protecting infrastructure and data. Langevin has said that he hopes to raise awareness of the need for security in that area and supports strict penalties for internet crimes as well as strong internet privacy laws.

Rep. Langevin supports cybersecurity measures as long as they do not add "unnecessary regulations to business". His state of Rhode Island passed a statewide cybersecurity plan which Langevin greatly supported in October 2012. In May 2012, Langevin proposed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which would account for the cyber risks that United States faces in terms of national security, saying without these measures the United States is " ignoring key aspects of what is fast becoming the biggest threat to our security"

"Cybersecurity contractors General Dynamics
General Dynamics
and Raytheon
were Langevin's two top sources for campaign contributions" in the 2010 election.


Langevin, who serves on the Committee of Armed Services, has regularly voted for additional support of armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan but he has voted for a timeline for U.S. forces to leave Iraq as well as a ban on any permanent U.S. bases in the country. Langevin has also voted against limiting the interrogation techniques used in fighting terror and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Langevin, who serves on the Congressional Committee on the Budget, believes in tax-cuts for low-income and middle class citizens while eliminating the tax cuts made for the wealthy, indicating in his Political Courage Test that he wishes to “greatly decrease” taxes for families making less than $75,000. Langevin also supports temporary incentives for businesses to invest in job creation. Representative Langevin, with a 100% rating from the AFL-CIO, is pro-labor and supports the regulation of business.


Langevin in the 2017 Bristol Fourth of July Parade

Langevin is known as an advocate for people with disabilities and for universal health care , being himself a quadriplegic . He is the first quadriplegic to serve in Congress.

On July 27, 2004, he spoke to the Democratic National Convention
Democratic National Convention
, largely on the subject of stem cell research.

In March 2007, Langevin became a co-sponsor of the Christopher and Dana Reeve
Dana Reeve
Paralysis Act, which had the stated purpose of "enhancing and furthering research into paralysis and to improve rehabilitation and the quality of life for persons living with paralysis and other physical disabilities." The bill passed the House of Representatives but not the Senate . However, in 2009, the bill was included in the Omnibus Public Land Management Act , also co-sponsored by Langevin, which passed both houses of Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama
Barack Obama

For the Presidency in 2008, Langevin announced his support for Sen. Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
(D-NY), by serving as a special adviser on issues ranging from stem cell research to people with disabilities.

On July 26, 2010, Langevin became the first member of Congress to preside over the House of Representatives while using a wheelchair. The House had just recently installed a wheelchair lift leading up to the Speaker’s rostrum.


Representative Langevin leans to the left on environmental and energy issues in Congress. Environmental issue groups have generally given him high ratings; more recently he received a 97% from the League of Conservation Voters in 2011. He has also received a rating of 100% from the Defenders of Wildlife Foundation. Conservative issue groups concerning the energy and the environment have given him very low ratings. He is a strong supporter of alternative energy from oil and coal, voting 'Nay' for the Stop the War Against Coal Act of September 2012 and he has supported measures for new wind farms in New England. He has praised these developments, saying wind farm "development holds great promise for Rhode Island
Rhode Island
and the country to have more stable and cleaner energy resources, while boosting our economy by presenting an opportunity to build a manufacturing base for these turbines and create quality jobs in the Ocean State."

In 2011, Langevin strongly opposed the Energy Tax Prevention Act, which would limit the EPA's ability to regulate carbon outputs. Calling the act the "Dirty Air Act," Langevin explained that in passing this act America would be "turning back the progress we have made to protect our health under the Clean Air Act," also claiming that the passage of the bill would be "continuing our nation's addiction to foreign oil." Moreover, he has fought for more environmental regulations that he believes will help Rhode Islanders live healthier lives, saying that "protecting the environment is a matter of pride."


Langevin was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2000, defeating perennial candidate Robert Tingle for a seat that was left open when Congressman Robert Weygand ran for the U.S. Senate. He took office in 2001, representing Rhode Island\'s 2nd congressional district . He has been re-elected with relative ease ever since, defeating independent Rodney Driver in 2006 and Republican Mark Zaccaria in 2008.

2010 See also: United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
elections in Rhode Island, 2010 § District 2

In 2010, he again defeated Republican nominee Mark Zaccaria.

2012 See also: United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
elections in Rhode Island, 2012 § District 2

Langevin ran for reelection in the 2nd District. He was challenged by Republican nominee Michael Riley and Independent Abel Collins, an environmental activist. Langevin was re-elected with 55.7% of the vote.


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Rhode Island
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