Rep. David Cicilline is leaving Congress in June

Rep. David Cicilline (DR.I.) will leave Congress in June to become president and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation, his office announced Tuesday.

“It has been the honor of my lifetime to serve the people of Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District,” Cecilin said in a statement. “As president and CEO of one of the nation’s largest and oldest community foundations, I look forward to expanding the mission I’ve led for nearly three decades to help improve the lives of all Rhode Islanders.”

Cicilline, who has represented Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District since 2011, will officially step down on June 1. Cecil’s staff will continue to operate the district’s Rhode Island and Washington, D.C. offices until a new representative is elected in a special election, his office said. .

“The opportunity to lead the Rhode Island Foundation was unexpected, but an extraordinary opportunity to make an even more direct and meaningful impact on the lives of our state’s residents,” he added.

Cecilin was re-elected in his solidly blue Rhode Island district in November’s midterm elections, winning about 64 percent of the vote.

His decision to leave Congress followed longtime Rhode Island Rep. James Langevin’s (D) vacating the state’s only congressional seat last year after more than 20 years in office. He was replaced in the state’s first open congressional race since 2010 by Rep. Seth Magaziner (D) was appointed.

According to The Boston Globe, a special election for Cecil’s seat cannot be scheduled until he officially resigns from office.

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Updated at 10:02 am

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