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Here we share an election profile for Lauren Carson, who is seeking re-election as State Representative in District 75 (Newport).

Lauren Carson

Government/political history

Current office:

State Rep District 75 – Newport – 2014-Present

Newport Energy and Environment Commission 2009-2015

Political Party Affiliation in 2020:


Previous political party affiliation if different from above:


Previous elective political positions sought, year and outcomes:


If applicable: As an incumbent, I am most proud of:

Constituent Services, Communications with my district, my efforts on issues of priority to Newporters

If elected my top goals are:   

1. Continues efforts to communicate openly and honestly with newporters

2. Remain vigiliant on issues important to Newport: climate resilience, aging in community, expansion and diversification of our local economy, recovery from the impact of the Corona Virus

Employment and Education

My current employment, including title:

Part-time employer: The eastern RI Conservation District, Community Storm Water Management and Resilience Officer

Schools and degrees:

BA, Sociology, Ramapo College of NJ 1976

MBA, URI, 1991

MA in History, URI, 2008

Awards of recognitions associated with work:

Legislator of the Year 2019, the RI Audubon Society

Legislator of the Year, 2016, The RI Hospitality Association

Champion for Seniors, 2017, The Edward King House

Legislator of the Year, 2016, RI State Conservation Districts


Non-profit community organization affiliations and any leadership positions:

Board of Advisors, The Alliance for Livable Newport

Chairperson, the Norman Bird Sanctuary, 1997-2001

President, The Parents’ Association, St. Michaels School, Newport 22003-2004