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David Cicilline, who is currently representing the 1st District of Rhode Island attended Brown University as an undergraduate, and later achieved his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. Following his graduation, David worked in the District of Columbia as a public defender, later returning to Rhode Island to continue his practices in law and was eventually elected to the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 1994. Cicilline was elected mayor of the City of Providence, Rhode Island in 2002, his terms focusing on gun safety and political reform.
Throughout Cicilline’s career as a politician, he’s prioritized on protecting the rights of America’s seniors, and the opening of new jobs whilst protecting the many small businesses of Rhode Island. Cicilline is a strong supporter of Social Security and an advocate against any movement to privatize Social Security. He voted against H.CON.RES. 34, which would’ve changed Medicare from being a public-ran health plan to a privatized health insurance plan.
When Cicilline was confronted with the question, “What will you do for atheist voters?” Congressman David Cicilline responded:
Thank you for your recent correspondence regarding representing atheists. I appreciate your taking the time to contact me and express your views on this issue.
From our state’s founder Roger Williams, who first espoused a belief in the importance of “a wall of separation between the garden of the church and the wilderness of the world,” to Thomas Jefferson, who would echo Williams’ words in describing the First Amendment, our country’s earliest foundations are rooted in tolerance for all religious faiths. Upon visiting the United States for the first time, the 18th century French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville concluded that the strict separation of church and state was the principal reason that religious belief remained strong in the United States even as it entered a period of extended decline in Western Europe.
Religious freedom and acceptance of a diversity of worldviews, including atheism, are at the core of our nation’s history. These values remain as important today as they did more than two centuries ago.
Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding representing atheists. Your thoughts and opinions on this issue are of great value, and I will be sure to consider them as we address these matters in the 112th Congress. Please be sure to sign up for my e-newsletter so we can stay in touch about the issues most important to you. Just visit my website at www.cicilline.house.gov and sign up today.
I look forward to further correspondence with you on this and any other matter of concern you may have in the future.
My best always,
David N. Cicilline
Member of Congress
Representative Cicilline’s rating from the Secular Coalition for America’s Congressional Report Card is 57% with the detracting votes including voting for reaffirmation of “In God We Trust” as the national motto, granting the religious and discriminatory Boy Scouts free, public land, and voting for churches to have exemptions from registration and disclosure requirements.
To learn more about Representative David Cicilline’s positions and voting record, visit Project Vote Smart.
Turner K. Schultz
National Atheist Party