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The U.S. Representative for Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district, serving since 2001.
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ENG: James R. Langevin (born April 22, 1964) is the U.S. Representative for Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district, serving since 2001. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Early life and education Langevin was born in Providence, Rhode Island. He attended Bishop Hendricken High School, located in Warwick, Rhode Island, and then went on to study at Rhode Island College, from which he received an undergraduate degree, in addition to serving as President of Student Community Government, Inc., and he has a Masters of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University. Langevin has been unable to walk since 1980, when, at the age of 16, he was seriously injured in an accidental shooting. He had been working as a volunteer at the Warwick Police ...
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Langevin Proposal to Support Local Cybersecurity Efforts

During consideration today of cybersecurity legislation that will ensure protections for critical infrastructure, the House Homeland Security Committee approved a proposal by Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) that recognizes the importance of working with groups at the regional and local levels to prevent and respond to cyber incidents. The proposal, inspired by efforts underway in Rhode Island, was added today in the committee markup of the Promoting and Enhancing Cybersecurity and Information Sharing Effectiveness (PrECISE) Act. Overall, the bill represents a bipartisan agreement by Langevin ...

Rep. Jim Langevin visits USOC Paralympic Milit. Sports Camp

Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) recentlyattended the U.S. Olympic Committee's (USOC) Paralympic Military Sports Camp held at Naval Station Newport to visit with more than 50 injured service men and women to learn about the basics of Paralympic sport and the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle. "It was an honor for the USOC to host Rep. Langevin during this extraordinary event," said Roger Neppl, USOC Director, Military Programs. "The Congressman has consistently shown his commitment to helping grow theParalympic movement in America, as well as his ongoing support for our nation's ...

Jim Langevin Announces Service Academy Nominations

After his independent advisory board performed a careful review of this year's applications, Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) has nominated three high school seniors from Rhode Island's Second Congressional District to enter the nation's prestigious service academies. Following the board's recommendations, Langevin has awarded the honors to Keith Schneider of Bishop Hendricken for the U.S. Military Academy, Jonathan Buterbaugh of North Kingstown Senior High School for the U.S. Naval Academy and Olivia DeSpirito of EastmGreenwich High School for the U.S. Air Force Academy. The advisory ...

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RI Fire Departments Awarded $692,582 in Federal Grants
U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced today that three Rhode Island fire departments have been awarded Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The AFG funds are to be used for operations and safety in each of the three departments, including: The Cranston Fire Department will receive $382,504 to help install new sprinkler systems in six of its facilities. The Harmony Fire District will receive $38,786 for a Cardiac Monitor, which will help fire department personnel on the scene determine the most appropriate treatment and ultimately the best hospital destination choice for a patient in need. The Woonsocket Fire Department will receive $271,292 for the construction of new fire alarms systems in four fire stations and to purchase personal escape systems – which allow firefighters trapped in life-threatening situation
Putting Kids First
    Dear Friends, Private re-homing is typically used to describe pet owners looking for a new home for their animals. But there is an online underworld where re-homing is just as often used to shift guardianship of children, without regulation or oversight. Having grown up in a family with many foster siblings, this hits close to home, and I find this practice deeply unsettling. Thankfully, I am not alone. There are many others who are fighting this same fight, and together, we will find a solution. In Rhode Island, I convened a roundtable discussion to address re-homing and what can be done to stop it. The conversation was very productive, and the wheels are already in motion to try and stop re-homing from happening to others. In Washington, I commissioned a GAO study to investigate re-homing and recommend actions to Congress. I am co-leading a bill to expand the training of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force to include offers to re-home chil
Narragansett Student Wins Langevin's Inaugural STEM Competition
Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) announced today that Ryan Maciel of Narragansett is the winner of the first-ever House Student App Challenge in the Second Congressional District. Maciel, who is home-schooled, created a mobile application that allows users to check water conditions as reported by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sensor buoys. “It is estimated that there will be an additional 8.5 million STEM job opportunities created in the next decade, so we must educate our young people in these fields and encourage them to explore the STEM career options that are available,” said Langevin. “I applaud Ryan for taking that first step in learning more about a growing industry that could lead to a rewarding career in the future. His application impressed all of the judges, and thoroughly impressed me, and I am confident that he has a bright future ahead of him.” The 2014 House Student App Challenge was created by the United States House of Representatives in order
House Passes Langevin Amendment to Increase Accessibility in Public Transit
The House today passed an amendment authored by Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) to the FY2015 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. Langevin’s amendment would increase funding for the Federal Transit Administration’s Technical Assistance and Training program by $2 million, restoring it to last year’s funding levels.  Technical Assistance and Training funds are used to improve transit accessibility for individuals with disabilities and older users. “As our population ages, it is imperative that we provide community-based supports that allow older Americans, as well as people with disabilities, to live independently and with dignity,” said Langevin, who co-chairs the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus. “Public transportation is an essential component of those community services, without which many of these individuals would be unable to get to work or access other important services, like health care. These populations rely heav

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