David Segal, age 30, has already spent four years on Providence City Council and another four years as a state representative for Providence and East Providence.
Throughout his career, David has been a true champion for working families. He has overseen passage of laws steering good-paying jobs to Rhode Islanders, paving the way for “green jobs” across the state, and increasing affordable housing. When the mayor wouldn’t enforce rules requiring companies that benefit from taxpayer dollars to hire locally, David organized his colleagues to sue in court, and won a victory for local workers. Recently, when the Providence Westin management cut worker pay by 20%, David announced a local-national coalition that pushed back, personally delivering thousands of signatures to the management on behalf of the hotel’s workers.
David has never shied away from challenging powerful interests: He has passed laws cracking down on the big banks — taking on both predatory lending and foreclosures. And last year, when the Republican governor tried to cut critical funds for schools and services for working families from the state’s budget, David organized fellow legislators to block the state budget until $25 million in funding was successfully restored.
David’s also been a champion for ethics reform and campaign finance reform legislation. And he’s co-sponsored marriage equality, and passed legislation allowing gay couples to make funeral arrangements for each other and claim their loved ones’ remains.
David is the son of physicians who met while working at a veterans’ hospital, and is the grandson of Eastern European immigrants. His father’s parents were grocers in Portland, ME; his mother’s mother worked at a Woodward and Lothrop’s store, and his mother’s father worked at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, pioneering prosthetics and adhesives that helped save and improve the lives of veterans returning from Vietnam.
David attended Columbia University, where he received his B.A. in mathematics. He was an instructor, teaching-assistant, and tutor at the Wheeler School before joining the City Council 2003. In 2007 he co-founded the Rhode Island Chapter of the good government group FairVote, worked as an analyst for FairVote in 2008 and 2009, and has testified before the United States House and Senate in support of governmental reform. On top of his duties as a state representative, he has spent 2010 working part-time for a consumer rights attorney.
David’s writing on government reform, education, and other issues has been published in Providence Journal, New York Times, Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, Huffington Post, and elsewhere. He is a founder and editor of the Providence Daily Dose, which Rhode Island Monthly deemed the best blog in Rhode Island, and the Phoenix has repeatedly called the best in Providence. He lives in a triple-decker in the Fox Point neighborhood, in Providence.