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Anastasia P. Williams (D) represents District 9 in Providence. She has served her district since first being elected in November 1992. She is the chairwoman of the House Committee on Labor and is also a member of the House Committee on Oversight and House Committee on Rules.
In 2018, Representative Williams once again sponsored legislation that exempts natural hair braiders from licensing requirements. The legislation passed the House of Representatives. She was also a strong advocate for successful legislation which amended the state’s law on speed cameras in school zones by providing proper notice and fairer violation fines for motorists.
During the 2017 session, Representative Williams sponsored legislation that allows a person who is bilingual or not proficient in the English language to be assisted in their road test by a translator of their native language who is at least 18 years of age.
In the 2016 legislative session, Representative Williams sponsored a bill to create a special license plate honoring labor activist Cesar E. Chavez, which became law. She also sponsored legislation that would permit a petition for adoption by grandparents without the non-custodial parents’ consent if the child is in sole custody of the grandparents.
Representative Williams has also sponsored legislation that would grant driving privilege licenses to undocumented immigrants. She continues to advocate for more diversity within the Rhode Island Judicial System.
Representative Williams is a coordinator at First Source Providence. She has been involved in a number of organizations and causes, including United Way, Joslyn and Hartford Community centers, the West Broadway Neighborhood Association, Providence Community Action, Olneyville Housing Corporation and Providence Head Start.
A graduate of Bishop Keough Regional High School, she attended Roger Williams University. She was born on May 6, 1957 and has five children: Lisa, Dionne, Jonnathan, Eddy and Hev’n.