PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Senate Minority Caucus has announce the re-election of Sen. Jessica de la Cruz to serve as Senate minority leader and Sen. Gordon Rogers as Senate minority whip.
de le Cruz, who represents District 23 in Burrillville, Glocester and North Smithfield, was first elected in 2018, and ran unopposed for a third term this year.
“We are eager to come together and begin the important work ahead to support our constituents and all Rhode Islanders and to elevate the voices of those who are often sidelined or underrepresented,” said de la Cruz in the announcement. “We are committed to promoting legislation that provides immediate relief to people who are struggling during a time where there is so much economic uncertainty. We will also advance legislation and oversight that reflects the urgency to fix our education system.”
A 40-year-old North Smithfield resident and mother of three, de la Cruz has served on the judiciary and labor committees and was the previous Senate Minority Whip. She was first named leader of the state’s minority Republican caucus in the Senate in August replacing former Sen. Dennis Algiere.
“We pledge to work with and support any of our Senate colleagues who are looking to improve Rhode Islanders’ quality of life with sound public policy and bold structural changes,” said de la Cruz.
Rogers added: “We are so thrilled to welcome an enthusiastic and energetic new member in Senator-elect Anthony DeLuca. We are going to help Tony hit the ground running, and I can already report he is ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work. I am very optimistic about the priorities of our caucus in the upcoming session. We are up to the task and ready to serve.”