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+ − Biography
Representative Gordon D. Fox was elected by his colleagues to serve as Speaker, the highest ranking position in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, in February 2010, and then was re-elected in January 2011 to a two-year term.
He was first elected as a member of the House of Representatives in November 1992, representing District 4 in the Mount Hope, Summit and Blackstone neighborhoods of Providence. He rose to the chairmanship of the House Finance Committee in 2001 and 2002. In November 2002, he was elected by his Democratic peers as House Majority Leader, a position he held for more than seven years before becoming Speaker.
In 2013, Speaker Fox co-sponsored legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island. The bill's passage makes Rhode Island the tenth state in the nation to allow same-sex couples to marry.
Speaker Fox was the House sponsor of comprehensive pension reform legislation enacted in November 2011. The pension legislation reduced the state’s unfunded liability by $3 billion, or 40 percent, and reduced the state and local pension contributions in the Fiscal Year 2013 by $275 million.
Under Speaker Fox’s leadership, the General Assembly enacted a public education funding formula in 2010 that had stalled previously for 15 years. The Assembly has fully funded and even accelerated the school funding under the formula for the past two years. He also oversaw the 2010 enactment of income tax reform which lowered the highest tax bracket from 9.9 percent to 5.99 percent to make the state more competitive in attracting businesses.
Before becoming Speaker, he was the sponsor of several significant bills that became law, such as the one which bans smoking in restaurants and nearly all public places in Rhode Island. He was also the sponsor of the Neighborhood Opportunities Program which provides affordable housing incentives, and the author of the Historic Tax Credit program to revitalize neighborhoods and business districts.
Speaker Fox is a life-long Providence resident and attended the city’s public schools, graduating from Classical High School. He is a graduate of RhodeIsland College and Northeastern University School of Law and is a self-employed attorney in Providence.
He was the 2010 commencement speaker and was presented a Doctor of Laws honorary degree from Rhode Island College. In 2012, Classical High School honored him with the Distinguished Alumni Award.