Sun. Jun 20th, 2021

Monday’s results also kick off the high stakes political redistricting process in states across the nation.

Common Cause Rhode Island, a government watchdog group, called on state lawmakers Monday to pass pending legislation that it said would create a “more transparent and inclusive process” for drawing the state’s political boundaries.

“It is important that the redistricting process focus on the impact on communities, rather than partisan interests,” the organization said in a statement.

Cicilline, a former Providence mayor, was first elected in 2010. He’s one of just a handful of openly gay members of Congress and is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party.

The 59-year-old former defense lawyer was among the House Democrats who led the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump earlier this year. His 1st Congressional District represents a relatively diverse, liberal swath of the state, including most of Providence and the northern and eastern communities.

Langevin, who was first elected in 2000, is the first quadriplegic to serve in Congress.

The 57-year-old has been a leader on cybersecurity issues as a founder of the House Cybersecurity Caucus. He was paralyzed as a teen in a shooting accident during a Boy Scouts program at a local police station.