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
* 3 U.S. House of Representatives
* 3.1 Committee assignments * 3.2 Caucus memberships
* 4 Political positions
* 5 Political campaigns * 6 References * 7 External links
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
Langevin was born in Providence,
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.
RHODE ISLAND GOVERNMENT
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
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
* COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES
* Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces * Subcommittee on Strategic Forces * Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities (Ranking Member)
* COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY
* 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
* 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
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"
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.
ADVOCACY FOR DISABLED PEOPLE
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
In March 2007, Langevin became a co-sponsor of the Christopher and
For the Presidency in 2008, Langevin announced his support for Sen.
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
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
In 2010, he again defeated Republican nominee Mark Zaccaria.
2012 See also:
United States House of Representatives
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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* ^ McCutcheon, Michael; Barone, Chuck (2013). 2014 Almanac of
American Politics. The University of Chicago Press.
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