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Democrat Congressman Cicilline to Leave Congress This Summer

Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) reportedly announced on Tuesday that he will leave Congress in June to become president and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation.

Cicilline, who has served in the 1st Congressional District of Rhode Island since 2011, will resign on June 1. Cicilline’s staff will continue to administer the district’s offices in Rhode Island and Washington, D.C., until a new congressman is elected in a special election, according to his office.

Cicilline gained to notoriety as one of the Democrats’ impeachment managers for former President Trump’s second impeachment trial.

Cicilline secured reelected in his reliably blue Rhode Island district in November’s midterm elections, receiving around 64 percent of the vote.

His decision to leave Congress follows the resignation of longstanding Rhode Island Rep. James Langevin (D) from the state’s other congressional seat last year.

Rep. Seth Magaziner (D) took his seat in the state’s first open congressional campaign since 2010.

Prior to joining Congress, Cicilline spent over a decade in Rhode Island politics, making his start in the Rhode Island General Assembly in 1995.

He was elected mayor of Providence in 2003, making him the first homosexual mayor of a state capital city.

A special election to replace Cicilline cannot be scheduled until after he resigns.

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