I have always emphasized protecting and preserving our natural resources, especially the environmental treasures that make our state — and region — such a special place to live, work and visit. So it was particularly exciting to join Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Joe Courtney of Connecticut, representatives of the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association (WPWA), and several local advocates to celebrate Rhode Island’s first “wild and scenic” river designation!

The Wood Pawcatuck Wild and Scenic River Act, which I introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, was enacted on March 12, 2019, officially designating rivers within the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed…


Congressman Langevin meeting with local tourism leaders at the South County Tourism Council.

The South County Tourism Council has a brand-new home in Charlestown. I recently had the pleasure of touring this beautiful facility and meeting with several local tourism leaders to discuss their efforts to promote South County.

During my visit, I quickly came to see that the changes at the Council were not limited to new office space. The Council is also implementing new strategies to sell South County as a destination that can appeal to all types of travelers.

Chief among these strategies is an increased focus on promoting South County’s year-round offerings. Aside from its world-class beaches, South County…


Congressman Langevin with Liam O’Malley

Two civic-minded Narragansett Pier School students got to tag along with me for their Job Shadow Day. Liam O’Malley and Jackson Fogerty are two motivated young men interested in a career in public service. For Job Shadow Day, Liam and Jackson wanted to learn more about my responsibilities as a member of the United States Congress.

Liam and Jackson started their day by reporting to my District Office in Warwick. Upon arriving, they toured the office and had the opportunity to sit down and chat with my Rhode Island staff. …


I had the pleasure of joining the team at Community Investment Corporation (CIC), an economic development lender that works with Rhode Island small businesses, at Sonya’s Clothing in Cranston. We met with the store’s owner, Sonya Gasparian-Janigian, and took a tour of her shop to learn more about her work in retail and the support she’s received from federal programs.

Sonya’s Clothing first opened its doors in 1983 in Providence and moved to Cranston in 1992 where it has remained since. …


Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the Rhode Island FIRST LEGO League Championship. The FIRST LEGO League competition includes designing and programming robots with “LEGO Mindstorms” technology to complete specific tasks. Built on the values of cooperation, inclusion, and respect, the FIRST LEGO League has become a renowned program where the bright young minds of today can tackle the global problems of tomorrow.

FIRST LEGO’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Design, and Math) approach uses project-based, hands-on learning to encourage creativity and enable students to foster their interest in problem-solving. …


This year, I joined local community leaders for two events to commemorate the courageous and historic life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who would have been 90 years old this January 15.

Congressman Langevin with volunteers at the Federal Hill House

My first stop was at the Federal Hill House, one of Rhode Island’s oldest community centers, for the “MLK Day of Action” hosted by the Rhode Island Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) office. Dr. King’s teachings emphasized taking action to help one’s community, and this year’s activities included cleaning up classrooms, painting murals, and organizing areas around the community center.

Later that day, I had…


For more than three weeks, the federal government has been shuttered. The effects of the Trump shutdown are being felt all across the nation, including in Rhode Island. To better understand how the shutdown is hurting our local communities, I went to T.F. Green Airport. There I met with unpaid federal employees and three local union leaders who represent members across the state who have been affected by the shutdown: George Nee, President of the RI AFL-CIO; Peter Geddis, President of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association RI Chapter; and Frank Womack, a representative for AFGE Region 2.

Between TSA…


You’d be hard pressed to find a Rhode Islander more qualified to talk about shellfish than Perry Raso. Perry was just 12 years old when he started digging for littlenecks in Point Judith Pond. As he got older, his passion grew, and he started bull-raking clams, diving for steamers, and eventually, oyster farming. Now, equipped with two aquaculture and fisheries degrees from the University of Rhode Island, he is the owner of Matunuck Oyster Bar, a popular restaurant that serves up freshly farmed oysters adhering to a “pond to plate” philosophy.

During my Langevin Listening Tour, I met with Perry…


I joined the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management at the Port of Galilee during my Langevin Listening Tour to visit business and fishing operations.

The fishing industry is one of Rhode Island’s most important economic sectors, and the Port of Galilee is its beating heart. Galilee is the second largest commercial fishery landing in New England, trailing only Gloucester, MA. The port includes thirty-eight docks and piers, is home to over 240 commercial fishing vessels, and saw over 53 million pounds of seafood and shellfish landed in 2016!

During the port tour, I had the opportunity to meet fishermen…

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